Morgan, who had been appointed by Obama seven months ago, was the first outsider to lead the organization. His tenure was marred by clashes over illegal immigration in the country at large and with the Border Patrol agents under his command.
“On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol, I want to thank Mark Morgan for his unwavering dedication to our border security mission, and recognize his life-long career in service to the nation,” Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, wrote in a letter to Border Patrol agents, according to NBC News.
According to The Associated Press, Morgan told senior Border Patrol agents on Thursday morning that he’d been asked to step down and chose to resign rather than fight for the job.
Morgan had clashed repeatedly with the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, during his short tenure.
The union had endorsed Donald Trump early in his campaign, and its executive board went as far as to write an op-ed for Breitbart criticizing Morgan and supporting Trump’s immigration policies after his election in November.
“Morgan is worried because he knows that his comments attacking President-elect Trump’s border security policies prior to the election has him in hot water and his position as the Chief of the Border Patrol is tenuous at best,” the op-ed read. “Morgan — a hand-picked Obama administration official — does not have the will necessary to secure the border for the citizens and legal residents of this country.”
Even though Morgan removed himself from the mire, his resignation as head of Border Patrol is a key swamp-draining maneuver. You could say it was the swamp draining itself.
The fact that it came a day after an executive order from President Trump authorizing the border wall was hardly a coincidence, and that just makes it sweeter.
For eight years under President Obama, the Border Patrol mostly played the role of a matador, stepping aside and waving illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and human traffickers under the red cape. The agency didn’t do this out of incompetence, but simply because that’s what the administration wanted.
Things got bad enough that Donald Trump was able to make the simple act of enforcing the law a winning campaign issue.
If this Obama-appointed official feels that he cannot do what a Border Patrol chief is supposed to do — namely, enforce the laws he was hired to enforce — then good riddance.
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