By The Blaze. President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement once said he can tell if an illegal immigrant child will become a gang member just by looking at him, according to Politico.
The nominee, Mark Morgan, made the comments during an interview with Tucker Carlson in January. The remarks resurfaced this week when HuffPost took a look back at public statements Morgan has made in the past.
Morgan was the head of Border Patrol under former President Barack Obama, a longtime FBI agent and director focusing on illegal immigration issues, and a former police officer after he started his career off with 11 years in the Marines.
“I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under,” Morgan told Carlson. “I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I’ve said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member. It’s unequivocal.” (Read more from “ICE Director Nominee Says He Can Tell If Illegal Alien Children Will Join MS-13 – Here’s How” HERE)
Trump’s Pick for ICE Director: I Can Tell Which Migrant Children Will Become Gang Members by Looking into Their Eyes
By Politico. [Mark] Morgan could not immediately be reached for comment, and the White House and ICE did not respond to requests.
Morgan’s comment echoed statements by President Donald Trump. During an event last year in Long Island, N.Y., Trump said unaccompanied minors “look so innocent,” but aren’t in reality.
Trump tweeted earlier this month that Morgan would become his new nominee to lead ICE. The White House pulled the nomination of the president’s previous pick, Ronald Vitiello, during a broader Homeland Security Department leadership shakeup in April. Trump said at the time that he intended to go in a “tougher direction” with the ICE role.
The White House still has not issued a press release announcing Morgan’s nomination, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has not scheduled a confirmation hearing. (Read more from “Trump’s Pick for ICE Director: I Can Tell Which Migrant Children Will Become Gang Members by Looking into Their Eyes” HERE)