Statement from Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan on General Alles’ Departure and CBP Leadership Announcements
Over the course of my career at CBP, I’ve been fortunate to work with some remarkable public servants. They have inspired me, they’ve encouraged me, and they’ve helped guide me. Today, I want to congratulate two of these colleagues and commend them for their outstanding leadership and their unwavering, selfless service to our nation.
First, I want to congratulate Acting Deputy Commissioner Randolph D. (“Tex”) Alles for his appointment to be the Director of the U.S. Secret Service. I am deeply grateful to General Alles for his exceptional service as CBP’s Acting Deputy Commissioner. His broad leadership experience and his keen understanding of law enforcement and national security challenges will serve him well in his new role. The U.S. Secret Service’s motto is “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.” I can think of no more accurate description for the Service’s new director than that; General Alles will inspire both trust and confidence in his new leadership position, as he has at CBP.
With Gen. Alles’ departure, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as CBP’s Acting Deputy Commissioner. Chief Vitiello will help guide CBP’s implementation of key priorities, including the construction of new border security infrastructure, the execution of trade enforcement and facilitation rules, and the recruitment and hiring of 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 500 Air and Marine law enforcement personnel.
Congratulations to Gen. Alles on his appointment to be the Director of the U.S. Secret Service and to Chief Vitiello as CBP’s Acting Deputy Commissioner.
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.