Ronald Vitiello appointed deputy director of US immigration agency amid scrutiny over family separation policy

Ronald D Vitiello acting deputy commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection has been chosen to lead the Immigration agency in Trump administration.

The Associated Press July 01, 2018 08:11:20 IST
Ronald Vitiello appointed deputy director of US immigration agency amid scrutiny over family separation policy

Washington: The Department of Homeland Security said Ronald D Vitiello will serve as deputy director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and also take on the role of ICE's acting director.

Vitiello currently serves as acting deputy commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection.

Ronald Vitiello appointed deputy director of US immigration agency amid scrutiny over family separation policy

File image of Donald Trump. AP

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-old 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'd retire this summer.

Homan has been acting director since Trump took office and has overseen a surge in deportation arrests while advocating for Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

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