Calexico, California – The Border Patrol director announced Wednesday that he will step down after spending less than two years in a position that is at the center of a polarized political debate.
Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned.
“I will continue to work hard to support them in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition,” he wrote.RELATED
Scott, a career agent, was appointed director in January 2020 and enthusiastically accepted the policies of then-President Donald Trump, especially the construction of the border wall. President Joe Biden has canceled construction of the wall.
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Scott did not respond to a text message.
It is not the first time that a director of the Border Patrol has left office after a change in federal government. Trump fired Mark Morgan, a former FBI agent and the first outsider to lead the agency in its 97-year history, during his first week as president and less than a year after Morgan took office under former President Barack. Obama
Morgan became a familiar face on cable television defending Trump’s border policies, receiving the goodwill of the president, and serving as the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Morgan designated Scott to be in command of the Border Patrol.
The Border Patrol director, who is in charge of an agency of nearly 20,000 agents, is appointed by the CBP commissioner and is not subject to Senate confirmation. In April, Biden nominated Chris Magnus, the Tucson, Arizona police chief, to head the Border Patrol’s parent agency.
Scott, who spent much of his career in San Diego, became an agent in 1992 when the city was by far the busiest corridor for illegal crossings. Traffic declined after the government dramatically increased surveillance in San Diego, but critics say the move caused people to cross through remote areas of California and Arizona, where thousands of people have died from the heat.