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President Donald Trump said Friday that he will name former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan to become “border czar.”
Trump made the comment during a lengthy phone interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“Tom Homan’s coming back,” Trump said. “He’s going to be very much involved with the border.”
The White House for months has weighed the possibility of creating a “czar” position to coordinate immigration issues across various federal agencies. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli reportedly was considered for the role, but instead became acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director.
“He’ll be reporting directly to me,” Trump said of Homan. “He’ll be probably be working out of the White House but spending a lot of time at the border.”
Homan could not immediately be reached for comment.
The possibility that Homan could rejoin the Trump administration follows a shakeup at Homeland Security Department that saw the departure of several top officials, including former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
In January 2017, Trump named Homan acting ICE director. Homan — a career law enforcement official — gained a reputation as a pugnacious defender of Trump’s immigration policies.
While he was nominated in November 2017 to take the job permanently, the Senate never took up the nomination, and Homan retired in May 2018. Since leaving government, Homan has been a regular guest on Fox News to discuss immigration issues.
Anita Kumar contributed to this report.
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