President Trump intends to nominate Ronald Vitiello, current deputy director and acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to lead the agency on a full-time basis.
The White House said Monday the more than 30-year law enforcement veteran previously served as acting deputy commissioner at the Customs and Border Protection.
Vitiello started his public-sector career as a border patrol agent based in Laredo, Texas, and later worked at the operations division of the Department of Homeland Security‘s former border and transportation security directorate.
He also served as chief patrol agent in Swanton, Vt. and Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
“Since assuming the role of deputy director in late June, [Vitiello] has made clear his commitment to support the men and women of ICE, and ensure they are well-positioned to meet the demands of their incredibly challenging jobs,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a 2018 Wash100 recipient.