A dispute over the nomination of a new ICE director reportedly escalated into such a bitter conflict that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan threatened to resign.
Trouble began when White House senior adviser Stephen Miller tried to convince President Trump to rescind the nomination of Mark Morgan so that the current acting ICE director, Matthew Albence, could remain in place.
Miller advised that Morgan should instead be appointed as the next Customs and Border Protection commissioner.
According to unnamed sources, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan reacted by protesting that he, not Miller, was in charge, and even threatened to resign.
One source described the conflict as an “immigration knife fight.”
Ultimately, the White House sided with McAleenan and maintained the nomination of Morgan as the next acting ICE director.
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