Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Border Patrol Chief Asked to Resign Day After Trump Signed Immigration Orders

The chief of US Border Patrol has departed the agency, Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Thursday - the day after President Donald Trump signed executive orders aimed at beefing up border security.

He became the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in June 2016 and took office in October - the first outsider to lead the agency since its founding in 1924.

Border Patrol agents had been told that Mark Morgan is no longer on the job, sources told AP.

The union was also openly pro-Trump, giving the Republican its full support leading up to the election.

President Trump signed two sweeping executive orders on Wednesday to build the promised border wall, end Border Patrol's "catch-and-release" policy and end sanctuary cities. "His actions over the past few days show it was not just campaign rhetoric but a true conviction to protect Americans from the dangers of illegal immigration", Moran added.

Customs and Border Protection acting-Commissioner Kevin McAleenan issued a statement thanking Morgan for his service and wishing him well.

The former official said Morgan was not at work yesterday and did not attend a gathering at the Homeland Security Department with Trump and newly appointed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The union criticized Morgan for supporting former President Barack Obama's plans to safeguard certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. He angered union officials, when during a Senate hearing on December 1, in answering a question from Sen.

"I want to be clear what my position is regarding immigration reform", Morgan wrote. Morgan clarified his remarks in a note to Border Patrol staff the following week.

"I do not, as some have suggested, support what is often referred to as 'blanket amnesty'".

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