Last evening, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter his new pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Mark Morgan.
The commander-in-chief tweeted: “Pending the confirmation of Mark Morgan as our Nation’s new ICE Director, Matt Albence will serve in the role of Acting Director. Matt is tough and dedicated and has my full support to deploy ICE to the maximum extent of the law! #MAGA”
Prominent immigration restrictionist Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies touted Morgan’s Border Patrol background, tweeting: “Mark Morgan, Trump’s pick for ICE, is a former Border Patrol guy — I hope he doesn’t get bamboozled by the ex-Customs crowd at ICE-HSI to ignore interior immigration enforcement in favor of chasing after counterfeit Gucci handbags.”
Notable immigration hawk Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review feels similarly, tweeting: “I’ve really gotten to know Mark Morgan well in recent months and his understanding of what needs to be done at ICE is crystal clear. Solid choice by the president.”
Horowitz elaborated in an article today, in which he also highlighted Morgan’s ideal professional background for accomplishing the task at hand:
Prior to serving as Border Patrol chief in 2016, Morgan was a career FBI agent with a deep understanding of transnational gangs and cartels. After serving for 10 years in the Marines and as a Los Angeles police officer, he became a special agent with the FBI in 1996. Morgan dealt specifically with the criminal problems from illegal aliens in both the Los Angeles and El Paso field offices. In 2005, he was appointed supervisor of an FBI-led Hispanic gang task force in Los Angeles that focused on the emerging presence of MS-13 and the 18th Street gangs. From 2011 to 2013, Morgan served as the FBI’s special agent in charge of the FBI’s El Paso Division, with responsibility for dealing with many threats stemming from the border. He served in various leadership positions at the FBI until becoming Border Patrol chief in 2016.
Notably, in testimony last month before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees, Morgan was careful to describe open-borders, pro-amnesty policies as “counterintuitive to the rule of law and def[ying] basic principles of sovereignty.” As Horowitz details, Morgan spoke clearly of the disincentivizing effects of following through on deportation orders for criminal aliens: “If we start an enforcement operation to remove [the over one million illegal aliens with final deportation orders], you will also make a huge dent on the incentive.”
The Daily Wire has frequently reported on the migrant influx crisis inundating our beleaguered southern border. In the press release put out by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with respect to March border numbers, CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez described the onslaught as a “system-wide emergency”:
“We are currently experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities. The humanitarian crisis created by a massive influx of family groups and unaccompanied children in recent months has forced CBP to reallocate resources away from law enforcement, trade and travel missions to process and provide care for those in our custody,” said CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez. “The impacts to legitimate trade and travel cannot be overstated. As this crisis continues to worsen, it undermines CBP’s ability to perform its dual mission of protecting our borders and facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”
In Fiscal Year 2019 to date, the U.S. Border Patrol has seen a more than 370% increase in the number of family units apprehended compared to the same time period in FY2018. Today, 60% of apprehensions along the Southwest border are family units and unaccompanied children, made up predominantly of individuals from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Additionally, through the first six months of FY19, CBP has encountered 104 large groups composed of 100 or more individuals totaling 17,242 apprehensions. In comparison, U.S. Border Patrol encountered 13 large groups in FY2018 and two FY2017.