Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Border Patrol chief departs agency

U.S. Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan has resigned his post following President Trump's executive orders on immigration, Fox News is reporting.

Before becoming border patrol chief in June, Morgan served 20 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The executive board of the National Border Patrol Council called Morgan arrogant and a "disgrace to the Border Patrol" in an opinion piece published by conservative website Breitbart News on November 30.

"We have agents that are in [a] PR department for the agency, we have agents doing labor-employee relations instead of actually on the border, securing the border". The National Border Patrol Council had advocated for an insider to lead the agency and sharply criticized Morgan at nearly every turn.

Nightly News said, citing officials familiar with the matter, that Morgan has unexpectedly chose to step down this afternoon.

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In a statement, Kevin McAleenan, the Customs and Border Protection's acting commissioner, praised Mr Morgan for "his unwavering dedication to our border security mission" and "lifelong career in service to the nation".

During that visit Mr Trump singled out the union's president, Brandon Judd, while pointedly avoiding mention of Mr Morgan. Morgan was seen as an "outsider" because he didn't come up through the ranks and because he supported President Barack Obama's plans to safeguard certain undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Morgan said he was asked to leave his post and resigned to avoid a fight over his job, the Associated Press reported, citing a US official.

"This assertion could not be further from my position".

Despite pressure from the union, many agency officials said Mr Morgan appeared to embrace the job.

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