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 ObamaBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day RNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard The real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit 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 TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE announced earlier this month on Twitter that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFar-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work Ex-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides MORE would also be leaving the department.
Kevin McAleenan, who was previously the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, replaced Nielsen.