The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced a new acting director amid the ongoing turmoil as President Donald Trump blasts the Democrats for wanting to abolish the agency.
Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as deputy director of ICE and will also take on the role of acting director, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Saturday.
Vitiello currently serves as acting deputy commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection.
Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as deputy director of ICE and will also take on the role of acting director
He will lead ICE as the Trump administration deals with scrutiny over the separation of immigrant children from their relatives at the US southern border.
Vitiello is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and was tapped to lead ICE after President Donald Trump's pick, Thomas Homan, took himself out of the running and said he would retire this summer.
Homan has been acting director since Trump took office and has overseen a surge in deportation arrests while advocating for the President's crackdown on illegal immigration.
The announcement comes as Trump slammed the Democrats via Twitter for wanting to get rid of ICE.
The announcement came as Trump slammed the Democrats for wanting to get rid of ICE
Thousands march through downtown Minneapolis on Saturday to demonstrate agains the Trump administration's immigration policies
'The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders. Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable! Make America Great Again,' Trump tweeted early Sunday morning.
His final tweet late Saturday read: 'When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them