U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan has left the agency a day after Donald Trump signed an executive order to build a wall on the Mexican border.
The Associated Press report, citing current and former U.S. officials, said Morgan was no longer in his post though it was not clear if he resigned or was asked to leave.
From The AP:
Morgan was named to the post in June and took office in October. The former FBI agent briefly led the internal affairs department at the Border Patrol’s parent agency before heading the agency of roughly 20,000 agents.
Morgan leaves office only seven months after being named the first outsider to lead the agency since it was founded in 1924.
From the start, he clashed with the Border Patrol’s union, which endorsed Trump early and forcefully during the presidential campaign. The National Border Patrol Council had advocated for an insider to lead the agency and sharply criticized Morgan at almost every turn.
Trump promised during his presidential campaign that he would build a wall on the Mexican border and that Mexico would pay for it.
In signing the order, he fulfilled part of the pledge, though it does not appear that Mexico will pay for it.
“This is a law enforcement agency,” Trump said during his announcement following the order during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.“But for too long, your officers and agents haven’t been allowed to properly do their jobs.
“From here on out, I’m asking all of you to enforce the laws of the United States of America. They will be enforced and enforced strongly.”
Mexico’s president has canceled a planned meeting with Trump because of Trump’s actions on the border.