Union-Backed Ronald Vitiello Named to Lead Border Patrol

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A career Border Patrol official who was backed by the agents’ union was named Tuesday as chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Ronald Vitiello was appointed to lead the agency at a time when President Donald Trump has pledged to erect a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and add 5,000 agents from the current level of about 20,000.

“We look forward to working with Chief Vitiello to ensure that Border Patrol operates with the highest professional policing practices by implementing sorely needed transparency, oversight, and accountability reforms,” said Christian Ramirez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition.

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