Donald Trump is a man of action. He refused to bow to business-as-usual political practices in Washington, D.C. — and he has fired a key national security staffer.
President Trump fired Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan during his first few days in office. Morgan was appointed to the post by Barack Obama during his last year in office, ABC News reports.
Before Election Day, the National Border Patrol Council published an opinion piece calling the Border Patrol chief a “disgrace to the agency.” The op-ed said Morgan is “worried because he knows that his comments attacking President-elect Trump’s border security policies prior to the election has him in hot water, and his position as the chief of the Border Patrol is tenuous at best.”
Mark Morgan was the only Border Patrol chief in the past 100 years who never served as an agent of the federal agency. He was fired not for that but because the Trump administration is going in a different direction than Obama’s administration — a vastly different and wholly lawful direction.
Morgan, a former FBI agent, briefly ran the internal affairs department at the Border Patrol’s parent agency before being tapped to lead the agency. The Border Patrol agency is comprised of about 20,000 agents.
“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 lifelong career in service to the nation,” said acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin K. McAleenan.
Donald Trump was endorsed by the unions which represent both the Border Patrol agents and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. This was the first time the National Border Patrol Council had ever endorsed a candidate during a primary election.
“You guys are about to be very, very busy doing your job the way you want to do ’em,” President Trump said to both the National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd and the head of the National ICE Council, Chris Crane. During Trump’s visit to the Department of Homeland Security earlier this week, the president also referred to both men as “friends.”
The National Border Patrol Council op-ed also said, “Morgan — a hand-picked Obama administration official — does not have the will necessary to secure the border for the citizens and legal residents of this country.” The Border Patrol union represents about 16,500 agents.
During a congressional hearing on November 30, 2016, Morgan ventured into partisan territory, which is a big “no-no” for federal agency heads. Morgan was then fired after President Trump signed two monumental illegal immigration executive orders.
The then-Border Patrol chief spoke at length when agreeing with a liberal senator that “comprehensive immigration reform” is necessary, Breitbart reports. Morgan went on to say his agency supports such a plan.
The Trump executive orders will increase the number of Border Patrol agents by 5,000. Among other national security enhancements along the southern border, the second executive order also launched plans to build the wall, which the president promised on the campaign trail.
What do you think about President Trump firing the Border Patrol chief? Please share this story on Facebook and tell us because we want to hear YOUR voice!