Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott overthrown by the Biden administration
The Biden administration has ousted Rodney Scott, head of the U.S. border patrol, and paved the way for the White House to appoint its own head of the agency to oversee the country’s border crossings and other key home security functions.
“He was asked to leave his position,” said a senior homeland security official. That official said it was not yet clear whether Scott would stay in another role at DHS or leave the troubled division the Biden administration established after years of controversy over how to deal with undocumented immigrants trying to get into the U.S. tried to revise.
The officer said, on condition of anonymity, that no specific reason was given for Scott’s eviction. But the 29-year-old veteran had argued with Washington Democrats and Biden government officials about how best to address illegal immigration and other border-related matters.
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Scott himself posted a statement on social media saying he was given the option to resign, retire, or move without a reason, according to the Washington Post, which first reported his removal. He described it as a pro forma release “so that the new administration can put the desired person in the position,” but suggested that he could stay for 60 days.
“A big thank you to everyone who has approached, prayed, and supported me and my family, especially in the past crazy months,” wrote Scott.
Scott’s departure from the high-profile role has been expected for months as the government and senior US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have made no secret of their support for former President Donald Trump and his staunch opponents. Immigration policy.
The Biden government has already appointed its own CBP chief, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, widely recognized as a supporter of the immigration reform advocated by Biden.
CBP deputy chief Raul Ortiz is expected to take the lead on a deputy basis while Magnus goes through the Senate confirmation process.
Scott, who had been chief executive for nearly 18 months, joined Border Patrol in 1992 and worked his way up to head of the San Diego sector and then deputy assistant chief, according to his biography on the Homeland Security Department website.
Under Scott’s supervision, the border patrol handled a record-breaking flood of unaccompanied minors arriving at the US-Mexico border that overwhelmed federal border facilities and forced many children to be placed in shelters.
In recent years, Scott has been a leading voice in then-President Trump’s call for more miles of border barriers and has spoken out against Democrats in Congress who advocated other ways to tackle the influx of undocumented immigrants.
“I started in the San Diego sector in 1992 and it didn’t matter how many agents we put up,” Scott told National Public Radio in a January 2019 story while taking a reporter with him. “We couldn’t have a measurable impact on the river [of undocumented immigrants] across the border. It wasn’t until we installed barriers along the border that gave us the upper hand that we began to take control. “
In an undated article on CBP’s own website, Scott described the chaos at work on the border during that first deployment in 1992.
He said thousands of people lined up and rushed across the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, overwhelmed border police agents, and made sure most of them got through.
“When I showed up for work on the first day,” added Scott, “I saw hundreds of people running up the median of Interstate 5, helicopters buzzing around, and I thought there was a major incident or crisis that day.”
However, it didn’t take long, the article said, before Scott “quickly found out it was just a normal day”.