Donald Trump nominates new Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director

Ronald Vitiello was made the Deputy Director of ICE in late June, reports CNN.

Published: 07th August 2018 02:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2018 02:26 PM   |  A+A-

President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump (File | AP)


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has formally nominated the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold the position permanently.

Trump made the announcement on Monday after which he tweeted: "Democrats want open borders and they want to abolish ICE, the brave men and women that are protecting our country from some of the most vicious and dangerous people on earth! Sorry, we can't let that happen! Also, change the rules in the Senate and approve strong border security!"

Ronald Vitiello was made the Deputy Director of ICE in late June, reports CNN.

When he took on that role, Vitiello also became the Acting Director because Director Tom Homan was retiring.

ICE is the primary agency that arrests and deports undocumented immigrants in the US.

The "abolish ICE" slogan has grown amid an international outcry over the administration's separation of thousands of families at the southern border, though the agency has only a tangential role in that process.

The separations were conducted by the Customs and Border Protection so adults could be transferred to Department of Justice custody for prosecution.

In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen praised the nomination and asked the Senate to "quickly" confirm Vitiello.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp