Trump taps former ICE director to return as 'border czar'

Trump taps former ICE director to return as 'border czar'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE said Friday that former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan is returning to the administration as a “border czar.”

During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said Homan would be working at the White House and report directly to him.

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“He'll be a border czar. He'll be reporting directly to me,” the president said. "He’s going to be very involved with the border.”

The White House declined to comment when asked for further details about Homan’s appointment. 

Homan left the administration last April to retire from public service. He was known as a staunch defender of Trump’s immigration policies, often appearing in the White House press briefing room or cable news to tout them.

Trump has been looking for someone to serve as a border “czar” for months as his frustration mounts over the growing number of migrants from Central America crossing the U.S. southern border.

The president recently installed Ken Cuccinelli, a fellow immigration hard-liner, as the acting director of ICE, part of a broader shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security that was engineered in part by White House adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerIn DACA ruling, Supreme Court ignores Trump's racial bias The Memo: Trump's Tulsa decision sparks new race controversy George Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad MORE.