As the agency’s first external hire since 1924, Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan will once again be on the outside looking in.
After just a few months atop the U.S. Border Patrol, Morgan is set to resign one day after President Trump announced an official plan to move forward with the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to CBS News, Interim Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan requested Morgan’s resignation earlier in the week.
In a statement, McAleenan said, “I wish him every success in the future.”
A former FBI agent, Morgan was appointed the department chief in June and took the helm in October, following a short-lived stint leading the CBP’s internal affairs. The Border Patrol’s union became an early source of affirmation for Trump, leading to internal struggles with Morgan who was the first chief in the agency’s history to have never actually worked as a border patrol agent himself.
During a Senate hearing in early December, Morgan stated his desire for a revised approach to immigration. To the union, his remarks were portrayed as an advocation of blanket amnesty for any and all persons residing in the United States.
A week after his appearance before the Senate, Morgan attempted to reframe his comments with a note circulated to Border Patrol staff.
“I want to be clear what my position is regarding immigration reform,” Morgan’s note read. “I do not, as some have suggested, support what is often referred to as ‘blanket amnesty.’ This assertion could not be further from my position. I encourage everyone to listen to my testimony.”
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H/T: CBS News
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