U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott announced on Wednesday that he will resign after nearly three decades of service with Customs and Border Protection.
“I received my 3R letter today. For those not familiar, that is Federal government slang for the letter issued to (senior executive staff) level employees informing them of a directed reassignment,” Scott said in a Facebook post, according to the Daily Caller.
“The recipient has 3 options – relocate, resign or retire. No rationale or reason is required, nor is it disciplinary.
“Just a simple needs of the service directed reassignment so the new administration can place the person they want in the position,” Scott said.
Many will likely see the move by the Biden administration as a way to show action in response to the immigration crisis. However, CNN reported Scott was expected to resign after Biden took office in January.
The news comes as immigration along the nation’s southern border arises as a top concern. The most recent CBP report revealed nearly one million illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border in 2021.
The totals include more than 180,000 illegal immigrants in May, the highest of any month in 2021. The growing numbers have led to a variety of concerns related to health and safety.
Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to visit the border for the first time on Friday. The Biden administration will likely seek to use Scott’s change as part of its plan to announce updates regarding its efforts along the southern border.