Just hours ago we reported that mass resignations occurred in the State Department, as the entire senior level of management officials resigned. The swamp pulled the plug on itself, apparently. Many more resignations may be coming next, just not from such high level positions. A recent survey showed that upwards of 28% of federal workers may quit their jobs under Trump’s administration (and similar numbers were quoted before the election, due to the “possibility” of a Trump presidency).
Also resigning today: Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan — whose resignation follows yesterday’s executive orders on immigration. Apparently, he wasn’t too fond of the possibility of actually doing his job.
According to ABC News:
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan is leaving his post heading the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that’s responsible for patrolling the U.S.-Mexican and Canadian borders, according to a statement sent out by the bureau’s acting commissioner.
“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,” Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said in a statement released today.Morgan’s departure is effective Jan. 31. Sources familiar with the circumstances of Morgan’s departure say his exit is not for cause, and that the new administration is moving in a different direction. The article goes on to say:
Last November, after the election, the National Border Patrol Council published an op-ed on Breitbart Texas calling Morgan a “disgrace to the agency.” The editorial alleged that, “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.”
The majority of sources on this story are claiming that Morgan resigned his post outright, but Reuters differs, claiming that he got a toned down version of the “Apprentice treatment,” and was pressed to resign (instead of being fired).
During the president’s speech yesterday to the Department of Homeland Security, Morgan was reportedly not in attendance. During his speech, President Trump specifically thanked Brandon Judd, president of the aforementioned union that called Morgan a “disgrace,” but did not mention Mark Morgan at all.
Whether he was fired or pressed to resign, he’s out now. Presumably, he’ll he replaced with a border patrol chief who wants to patrol the border.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]