October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019

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President Trump Nominates New Director of ICE

President Donald Trump has nominated Mark Morgan to serve as the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Morgan spent 20 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation before being appointed chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection during the final months of the Obama administration. Despite being ousted from the role shortly after President Trump took office, Morgan has remained a vocal supporter of Trump’s immigration policies. Morgan must be confirmed by the Senate before he can assume the position.

ICE is the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition to its immigration enforcement and removal operations, ICE plays a major role in work site enforcement efforts. In fiscal year 2018, ICE significantly ramped up its work site enforcement activities, quadrupling the number of work site investigations from the year before. In addition, ICE has also stepped up I-9 audits, criminal arrests, and administrative arrests, a trend that seems likely to continue under Morgan’s command.

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Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...