Border Patrol Chief Steps Down Following Trump Border Wall Plans
Six months in to the job and one day after President Trump announced his intentions of boosting immigration enforcement and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol resigned.
Mark Morgan, a career FBI official who was the first outsider to lead CBP, clashed with the Border Patrol union who endorsed Trump for president and whose leaders were present at Trump’s announcement of his immigration crackdown at Department of Homeland Security headquarters Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
The union was always unhappy about an outsider leading the Border Patrol and appeared to be behind his resignation.
“The union has been very vocal about someone from outside of the Border Patrol becoming the head of the Border Patrol,” said Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol. “The union supported this candidate for president, and now very much appears to be directing things — which is absolutely unheard of in law enforcement. The union used their influence to have him removed.’’
During a brief video conference on Thursday morning, Morgan told senior Border Patrol agents about his departure, saying he was asked to leave and decided to resign rather than fight the request, reports Bloomberg.
His resignation is effective Jan. 31.
Image: "Mark Morgan First Hearing as USBP Chief with CBP" by U.S. Customs and Border Protection used under Government Works provision.
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