President Donald Trump has been doing just about everything in his power to combat illegal immigration, secure the southern border with a massive wall, and make the nation safer for Americans.
It hasn’t always been easy given he has gotten little to no help from Democrats and left-wing judges who push activism from the courts.
And now one of the top immigration law enforcement officials in the Trump administration, Carla Provost, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, is set to step down from her position by the end of January, The Daily Caller reports.
Provost is one of the longest-serving officials in the administration, as she was tapped by Trump to serve as acting chief of the Border Patrol agency in April 2017 and later received the nod to serve on a permanent basis in that capacity.
Reports suggest even the White House was stunned to learn she was leaving this month.
Carla Provost, one of the longer-serving members of President Trump's admin., is stepping down as chief of U.S. Border Patrol, a spokesperson for the agency said. https://t.co/RS4IdnPHzS
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 15, 2020
BREAKING: Border Patrol chief Carla Provost to quit this month
Provost planned to retire in December, but was forced to put her plans on hold due to infighting at CBP over whether a white or nonwhite person should replace her. https://t.co/blxfJiu0Rp
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) January 13, 2020
It is unclear exactly why or when Provost will leave the administration, but she was certainly a valuable asset to the president and his team.
Provost’s impending departure comes with a bit of controversy circulating beneath the surface.
There was reportedly some internal debate among CBP officials about the importance of race as a factor in choosing Provost’s successor.
Reports claims CBP leaders questioned if there are “too many white faces” in leadership roles and what sort of public perception that might generate for an agency that often arrests and detains non-white individuals.
To most, that shouldn’t even matter. If someone broke the law to illegally enter the U.S. — regardless of their race, ethnicity, and/or gender — they should be apprehended and deported.
But it seems like some are pushing political correctness and are demanding more racial diversity in the leadership.
While Provost’s departure is certainly not good news, the Trump administration did secure a massive victory earlier this week.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Trump administration is operating within its authority when separating families stopped at the Mexican border.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw indicated he was uncomfortable second-guessing government decisions to separate children on grounds that parents were considered unfit or dangerous, or in other limited circumstances like criminal history, communicable diseases and doubts about parentage.
The judge also found no evidence that the government was abusing its discretion.
The government argued it separates families when it suspects the parent has a “criminal record, a communicable disease, or when there are questions about the relationship between the adult and the migrant child.”
The government also made it clear that the current practice is no different than prior administrations, including the Obama administration.
This is a big win for the Trump administration.
For starters, it speaks volumes that a judge in liberal California ruled in favor of Trump. He said the administration is within its authority to separate families stopped at the border.
The judge pointed to the fact that many of these parents are dangerous or have a criminal history.
These are people who think they can use their kids as pawns to get into America.
While securing the border and continuing to build more of the wall between the U.S. and Mexico remains a top priority, the administration is also focusing on internal issues.
This ruling is big and gives the president even more momentum going into the 2020 election.