One day after President Donald J. Trump signed two executive orders with respect to border security and constructing a wall, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol reportedly resigned. On Thursday morning, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website posted a notice confirming the departure of U.S Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan: “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. Mark Morgan’s career spans more than 31 years of faithful service to the nation, including service in the U.S. Marine Corps, as a local deputy sheriff and police officer, 20 years in the FBI, as Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Internal Affairs, and, finally, as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.” The statement was drafted by acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleelan who assumed command after Gil Kerlikowske stepped down on the day Trump was inaugurated. Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that Morgan claimed he was “forced out”, and decided to resign rather than fight the decision. The AP’s source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the remarks were reportedly not for public consumption. Both Morgan and Kerlikowske were appointed to their position by former President Barack Obama at a time when border agents were admittedly being overwhelmed by human smuggling organizations. During a visit to the border, Kerlikowske claimed there was no future for Trump’s wall and has often said the border is secure.
And that is why Gil stepped down.. It was between Trump’s wall, and Gil’s opposition to it…and guess who lost? Exactly.. 🙂