Mairead McArdle, National Review, April 10, 2019
Acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ron Vitiello resigned suddenly on Wednesday, the latest personnel change in President Trump’s massive shakeup of the Department of Homeland Security.
President Trump had nominated the veteran border authorities professional to take over ICE permanently but abruptly pulled his nomination last week, saying he was looking for a “tougher” replacement.
“Ron’s a good man, but we’re going in a tougher direction,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday.
His nomination for director of the agency was under consideration by a second Senate committee and afterwards would have progressed to a confirmation vote by the entire Senate.
The restructuring of DHS comes as the number of illegal border crossings continues to skyrocket since the beginning of this year.