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. 

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Morgan led Border Patrol during the last few months of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability Gaetz: We didn't impeach Obama even though 'a lot of constituents' think he abused his power Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment 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 TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE announced earlier this month on Twitter that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Minority lawmakers call out Google for hiring former Trump DHS official MORE would also be leaving the department

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