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 ObamaPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' Biden calls for unity, jabs at Trump in campaign launch 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 TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE announced earlier this month on Twitter that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump ICE director nominee called administration 'heartless' for forcing him out: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report Trump wants border wall black, pointed: report MORE would also be leaving the department

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