By Steve Neavling
Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan will replace John Sanders as head of Customs and Border Protection.
Sanders resigned from ICE earlier this week following growing criticism of the deplorable conditions reported at border facilities.
Morgan had previously served as chief of Border Patrol before taking over as head of ICE in May.
“I am confident he will bring the same commitment to the agency as it continues to navigate the current humanitarian and operational crisis,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a statement.
ICE will promote Matthew Albence , deputy director of the agency’s deportation operations, to replace Morgan.
“Assuming the role of Acting Director of ICE is Matthew T. Albence, who has been performing the duties of the agency’s Deputy Director since August 2018. Mr. Albence brings years of experience, as he’s held a number of key positions within the ICE domain,” McAleenan said in a statement.
Albence faced criticism last year when he told a congressional committee that family detention centers are “more like summer camp” than jail.
Since Albence and Morgan will appointed, rather than nominated, they will not have to be confirmed by the Senate.