Trump considering Obama-era Border Patrol chief to take over ICE: report

Trump considering Obama-era Border Patrol chief to take over ICE: report
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The White House is reportedly thinking about tapping an Obama-era Border Patrol chief to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Mark Morgan, is being considered as replacement for former acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello who resigned earlier this month after Trump said he wanted “to go in a tougher direction," Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House and ICE for comment. 

Morgan led Border Patrol during the last few months of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJesse Jackson calls on Trump to pardon Rod Blagojevich #ObamaWasBetterAt trends after Trump attacks on minority congresswomen Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' MORE's presidency. He reportedly left his position one day after Trump signed an executive order directing the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in January 2017. 

Vitiello's departure comes amid a purge of Department of Homeland Security officials. President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE announced earlier this month on Twitter that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities Chuck Todd on administration vacancies: 'Is this any way to run a government?' MORE would also be leaving the department

Kevin McAleenan, who was previously the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, replaced Nielsen.