Mark Morgan (law enforcement officer)

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Mark Morgan
Official Portrait of Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan (48242367472).jpg
Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Assumed office
July 5, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyRobert E. Perez
Preceded byJohn P. Sanders (acting)
Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
In office
May 28, 2019 – July 5, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMatthew Albence (acting)
Succeeded byMatthew Albence (acting)
Chief of the United States Border Patrol
In office
October 12, 2016 – January 26, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byRonald Vitiello (acting)
Succeeded byRonald Vitiello

Mark Morgan is an American law enforcement officer who has served as the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection since July 5, 2019. He previously served as chief of the United States Border Patrol under President Barack Obama and a few days under President Donald Trump before resigning. Morgan returned to government when was announced as Trump's pick to be the next director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 5, 2019. He served as the acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from May 28, 2019 until he moved to CBP.

Chief of Border Patrol[edit]

Morgan, a former FBI agent, briefly led the internal affairs department at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In June 2016, he was named as the next chief of the U.S. Border Patrol and took office on October 12,[1] in the final months of the Barack Obama administration. On January 26, 2017, just days after President Donald Trump took office, he was forced to resign.[2]

In January 2019, Morgan said that he could determine if an unaccompanied minor would become a member of MS-13, a transnational crime gang known for gruesome violence, just by looking at their eyes.[3]

Director of ICE[edit]

At the end of April 2019, it was reported that Trump was considering Morgan to take over as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency's former acting director, Ronald Vitiello, resigned earlier in April after Trump pulled his nomination for the director's job, telling reporters that he wanted to go with someone "tougher" instead.[4]

On May 5, Trump announced on Twitter that he had chosen Morgan to become the next director of ICE.[5] The Washington Post reported that the announcement "caught White House aides and Homeland Security officials by surprise. They had not been informed Morgan was Trump’s choice, and at ICE, senior leaders learned of the decision from the president’s tweet, according to two senior administration officials."[6] Matthew Albence, who had been acting director of ICE since April 2019 and was previously acting deputy director of the agency, continued in that role until Morgan was formally named acting director on May 28, 2019.[7][8]

CBP Commissioner[edit]

On June 27, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Morgan would become the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, replacing John Sanders, who had announced his resignation. On July 5, 2019, Morgan became acting commissioner.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Swearing-In Ceremony United States for Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan | U.S. Customs and Border Protection". Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Spagat, Elliot; Caldwell, Alicia A. (January 26, 2017). "AP source: Border Patrol chief says he's been forced out". AP News. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Hesson, Ted. "Trump's pick for ICE director: I can tell which migrant children will become gang members by looking into their eyes". Politico. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "White House Considering Obama-Era Official for Immigration Job, Sources Say". May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "Trump says Morgan, backer of border wall, to head U.S. immigration..." Reuters. May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Miroff, Nick; Harris, Shane; Dawsey, Josh (May 5, 2019). "Trump taps Mark Morgan, former Obama official who supports border wall, to head ICE". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Aleaziz, Hamed (April 11, 2019). "An ICE Official Who Said Detention Was "More Like Summer Camp" Will Now Lead The Agency". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Sands, Geneva; Kelly, Caroline (May 28, 2019). "Mark Morgan takes over as acting director of ICE". CNN. Retrieved June 15, 2019. Mark Morgan, who President Donald Trump announced earlier this month would lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, took over as acting director of the agency on Tuesday, according to an announcement by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
  9. ^ Radnofsky, Louise (June 27, 2019). "Mark Morgan Named New Acting Chief of Customs and Border Protection". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Klar, Rebecca (June 27, 2019). "Mark Morgan named new acting chief of Customs and Border Protection". The Hill. Retrieved June 27, 2019.