(Audio: Mark Morgan at a Senate hearing in November 2016, advocating expedited removal of undocumented immigrants)
The White House – That is the acting chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mark Morgan, when he was the U.S. Border Patrol Chief testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 30, 2016.
In January of 2017, within days of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Morgan was forced out of his position due to reported clashes with the Border Patrol’s union. After that, Morgan lobbied aggressively for his reinstatement by making over 100 television and radio appearances on shows hosted by right-wing personalities including Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, and Sean Hannity, bragging of his hardline stance on immigration.
In January of 2019, Morgan asserted on “Tucker Carlson Tonight, “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under. I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I’ve said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member. It’s unequivocal.”
During testimony before the Senate Homeland Affairs Committee in April, Morgan said “MS-13 is one of the most violent and prolific transnational gangs the U.S. [has] ever seen, and the influx of minors into the country through the current crisis will provide them with unlimited vulnerable prospects.”
In May, Trump announced via Twitter Morgan’s appointment as the next acting chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
I am pleased to inform all of those that believe in a strong, fair and sound Immigration Policy that Mark Morgan will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE. Mark is a true believer and American Patriot. He will do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that he is starting as acting chief of CBP.
Doug Christian, The White House