Mark Morgan, Trump’s pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, is apparently a clairvoyant. Morgan claims that he can look into the eyes of migrant youth and determine if they are destined to become gang members.
You cannot make this stuff up folks…
Morgan, who did a brief stint as the chief of Border Patrol, made these comments during an interview with Tucker Carson on the Fox News Show. During his brief time with Border Patrol, Morgan reportedly never gained the trust of the Border Patrol agents’ union. He was viewed as an agency outsider who was pushed over internal candidates whose careers began on the frontlines and were more qualified for the position.
“I’ve been to the detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called ‘minors,’ 17 or under,” Morgan said during the interview. “And I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker, and I said, ‘That is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member.’ It’s unequivocal.”
The interview was conducted in January, but the comments have resurfaced and created outrage after the Huffington Post did an article on Morgan’s media appearances touting Trump’s hard-line immigration stances.
In the five months that followed the Carson interview, Morgan became Trump’s most prolific media cheerleader on immigration. He did nearly 100 television and radio appearances. He appeared on everything from CNN to conservative radio shows of both Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
Morgan’s words on immigration and migrant children did not sit well with many Democratic leaders.
“Members of this administration are now comfortable providing explicitly racist comments to give their boss what he wants to hear,” tweeted Democratic California Rep. Linda Sánchez. “Mark Morgan’s despicable comments should disqualify him from being the director of ICE.”
Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, also called out Morgan stating, “I’m looking at your eyes in the picture and I see some bigotry, a grandiose sense of having fake predictive powers, and a lot of bull manure. It’s unequivocal.”
Despite Morgan’s outrageous claims that he can determine if a migrant youth will grow up to be violent, studies show that “immigrants, both legal and undocumented, are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the U.S. The study was published by the Marshall Project. The study found that there were no connections between undocumented immigration and crime.
MS-13 is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, in the 1970s and 1980s. The gang was set up to protect Salvadoran immigrants from other gangs in the Los Angeles area. Trump and others have used the gang as a way to warn and intimidate others into believing that migrants will form gangs and bring violence to the U.S.
On May 5, Trump tweeted that he would nominate Morgan for the ICE job, calling him a “true believer and American Patriot.”
The White House has not issued a formal statement about Morgan’s nomination. A confirmation hearing hasn’t been scheduled. Trump had previously picked Ronald Vitiello, but killed the nomination after saying he was looking for someone who will take the position in a “tougher direction.”
Morgan has also been repeatedly been dishonest with the media. He has stated that the “influx of tens of thousands of Central American families isn’t just a crisis it’s “the worst we’ve ever experienced in our history.” Morgan has also insisted on several occasions that at no time were migrant children ever locked in cages. He also said that the Trump administration “wasn’t separating families, it was just following the law.”
Trump says that Morgan represents the “tougher direction” he wants to head in when comes to immigration. Trump has also repeatedly criticized migrant children. Back in May of last year, he stated that minors abused the loopholes in immigration law,
“They look so innocent,” he said. “They’re not innocent.”