Just one day after President Trump announced a broad crackdown on border security on the Mexico-U.S. border, a Department of Homeland Security official told Reuters on Thursday that Morgan had been asked to leave. He was the only "outsider" to run the agency since it was founded in 1924, the Associated Press points out. The official was on a video conference with Morgan and senior Border Patrol agents when the outgoing chief said that he was going to comply with the request.
The union was also openly pro-Trump, giving the Republican its full support leading up to the election.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Morgan, a long-time former Federal Bureau of Investigation official, is expected to leave his post by the end of the month.
The statement was drafted by acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleelan who assumed command after Gil Kerlikowske stepped down on the day Trump was inaugurated.
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As Breitbart Texas has reported, members of the union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council, have stated that the previous administration including Morgan tied their hands in regards to resources, policies, and other measures, as well as advocating for lax immigration laws. Judd served on Trump's transition team. Tom Carper, D-Del., that he supported a comprehensive immigration overhaul, which is often interpreted to include a path to citizenship for people who are in the country illegally.
Morgan was appointed to head up the agency, bypassing the usual "coming up through the ranks" route only seven months ago.
"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", McAleenan stated in the release.