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Customs and Border Protection chief to step down

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Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner John Sanders will step down next week as the federal government’s primary border enforcement official.

Sanders is slated to leave the agency on July 5, a CBP official told The Hill on Tuesday.

 

A federal official told The New York Times earlier on Tuesday that it was not clear whether Sanders's resignation is connected to criticism of the agency's handling of the influx of migrants at the southern border.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CNN obtained a copy of Sanders's message sent to employees confirming his departure.

"Although I will leave it to you to determine whether I was successful, I can unequivocally say that helping support the amazing men and women of CBP has been the most fulfilling and satisfying opportunity of my career," Sanders wrote, according to the outlet.:snip:

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