Mark Morgan resigned from his position today as chief of the Border Patrol after being asked to leave by the Trump administration. It came as President Donald Trump has announced an executive order to go ahead with building the promised border wall.
Morgan spoke to senior Border Patrol agents in a video conference today and said that he had been asked to leave, according to a source quoted by the Associated Press. Moragan’s tenure was quite brief, having been named in June 2016. A former FBI agent, Morgan had once led the internal affairs department for Customs and Border patrol. He was the first to lead the Border Patrol without having ever served in the Border Patrol.
Acting Commissioner for the Border Patrol Kevin McAleenan, in a statement, praised Morgan for "his unwavering dedication to our border security mission" and "lifelong career in service to the nation."
Morgan had clashed with the Border Patrol's union, which endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign. The National Border Patrol Council had wanted a Border Patrol veteran to lead, and criticized Morgan consistently.
During his speech at the Department of Homeland Security today, Trump pointedly did not mention Morgan. Instead the president pointed out union president Brandon Judd, who had served on the transition team.
On December 1, Morgan responded to a question from Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) that he was supportive of comprehensive immigration overhaul, which the Border Patrol union interpreted to include a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Morgan later clarified that blanket amnesty “could not be further from my position.”