Mississippi Congressman statement regarding resignation of acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders

The acting head of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is resigning and Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson says the agency “needs proven, Senate-confirmed leadership as soon as possible.”

The resignation of Commissioner John Sanders is effective July 5th.

Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement:

“The resignation of Acting CBP Commissioner Sanders adds fuel to the chaos at the Department of Homeland Security. CBP is clearly failing to carry out its mission given the Trump Administration’s disastrous immigration policies.  It is quite clear that bad actors in the White House are doing all they can to strong-arm the Department of Homeland Security and stand in the way of any progress or agreeable solution.  There is simply no excuse for the horrific conditions children and families are being held in at the border. While Congress works toward providing much-needed resources, leadership at all levels of the Administration must be held accountable for the gross injustices happening on their watch. CBP needs proven, Senate-confirmed leadership as soon as possible.”