This announcement ends a turbulent last week for the Department of Homeland Security which has been overturned by Trump as the crisis with the immigration system intensifies.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Monday designated Customs and Border Protection Chief Operating Officer John Sanders as acting CBP commissioner, filling McAleenan's former post in the latest staffing shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security.
McAleenan, who was appointed acting DHS secretary following the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen April 7, designated Sanders to take over “as the senior official performing the functions and duties of the commissioner” of CBP.
“John Sanders has proven instrumental to advancing CBP’s mission and organizational priorities across the agency,” McAleenan said in a statement. “In addition to bringing greater focus on the agency’s operational requirements, he has provided strategic direction and oversight to critical enterprise services and operations support functions across the agency.”
He added: “With John Sanders’ leadership, CBP will continue to excel, remain ever vigilant, and accomplish the mission with steadfast resolve.”