WASHINGTON – Today CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announces the selection of Mark Morgan as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. Mr. Morgan is currently the Assistant Director of the FBI, leading the Training Division. His selection was based upon a nationwide search process that produced an extremely qualified group of law enforcement executives within the Border Patrol and among other federal law enforcement agencies.
R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner
“Mark’s appointment comes at a very significant time for the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The important role that CBP has in securing our border and protecting civil rights and civil liberties is evidenced every day in the actions of our personnel. He will be in a key leadership position responsible for more than 21,000 Border Patrol agents and personnel.”
“Mark’s strong law enforcement and leadership credentials; Los Angeles police officer, Platte County, Missouri deputy sheriff, 20-year FBI career – including an assignment as the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso division – and the U.S. Marine Corps, will be of great value to the Border Patrol and CBP at large. I look forward to working closely with him.”
James Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
“Mark’s outstanding investigative work and leadership have been an incredible asset to the FBI, and he will be missed. He will bring the same passion for justice and public service that he demonstrated over more than 20 years of service in the FBI to his new role as Chief of the Border Patrol.”
“It is my great privilege and honor to be selected to serve with the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and to lead this great organization.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.