Border Patrol chief out day after Trump border fence decree

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Mark Morgan, chief of the US Border Patrol, is no longer on the job. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark Morgan, chief of the US Border Patrol, is no longer on the job. His departure comes a day after President Trump signed an executive order to build a wall at the Mexican border and hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents.(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The chief of the Border Patrol has left the agency that’s in charge of securing America’s borders with Mexico and Canada.

According to a U.S. official and a former official, Border Patrol agents have been told that Mark Morgan is no longer on the job. It’s not immediately clear whether Morgan resigned or was asked to leave.

The U.S. official wasn’t authorized to discuss the move before a public announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. The former official asked not to be identified before a government announcement.

Morgan’s departure comes a day after President Donald Trump announced plans to build a wall at the Mexican border and hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents.