Union-backed Ronald Vitiello named to lead Border Patrol

SAN DIEGO –  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 on Twitter than Ronald Vitiello has been 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.

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