Mark Morgan, the Trump nominee to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said he can judge the likelihood of an unaccompanied minor joining a gang by simply looking at his eyes, mirroring the president’s suggestions that immigrant children will provide an “unlimited supply of recruits” to Central American criminal organizations, according to Politico.
“I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under...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,” Morgan said in January on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show.
The nominee has logged close to 100 television and radio appearances since that statement, according to an investigation by the Huffington Post.
Trump nominated Morgan to lead ICE earlier this month after sacking Ronald Vitiello, a customs veteran with more than 20 years of experience. Vitiello’s dismissal was reportedly driven by his opposition to the president’s secret plan to deport close to 10,000 migrants, including families with children.
Previously, the president said the influx of minors into the country through the current crisis will provide transnational gang MS-13 with unlimited vulnerable prospects.