President Trump on Monday officially nominated Ronald Vitiello, left, lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
President Trump on Monday officially nominated Ronald Vitiello lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Vitiello was Deputy Director of the federal immigration Agency since June 30, when it was announced he was appointed as Deputy Director of the ICE in the midst of the departure of the former Deputy Director, Thomas Homann.
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Vitiello served earlier as Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“The men and women of ICE are among the most dedicated and honest law enforcement professionals in the country,” Vitiello said in a statement to Fox News ” the following Monday, the announcement.
“I am honored to lead you, like force you to continue to be added to your sworn mission to be faithful to our nation’s immigration and customs laws and protect the homeland,” Vitiello.
Vitiello began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1985, where he worked, along the southern border in the vicinity of Laredo, Texas, before he was to hold various positions of leadership at the federal law enforcement agency in Texas and Vermont.
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In 2010, he was the former President Barack Obama as Deputy chief of the Border Patrol and served as Deputy chief of the Agency from 2015 to 2016
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Monday that since he took on his ICE cream rolls in June, Vitiello “has made it clear that his commitment” to the Agency, and that his “leadership experience, combined with the unique perspective that comes from more than 30 years in law enforcement, makes it particularly suitable to hold this important position.”
Fox News’ Andrew Reilly contributed to this report.
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