Acting CBP chief John Sanders resigns amid reports over migrant treatment

June 25 (UPI) — Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief John Sanders, under pressure to address increasing numbers of migrants crossing the border and the condition of detention facilities, told employees Tuesday he will resign.

Sanders didn’t cite a reason for his departure, but it follows the relocation of more than 200 detained children after reports of unsanitary conditions and inadequate food. The facility in Clint, Texas, was overcrowded. On Tuesday, about 100 of the children were sent back there because of a lack of bed space.

CNN reported Sanders informed his employees in an email.

“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 his CBP has been the most fulfilling and satisfying opportunity of my career,” Sanders said in a statement.

The New York Times and Washington Post also reported Sanders’ resignation is effective July 5.

Sanders took over as CBP commissioner after Keven McAleenan was promoted to acting Homeland Security secretary in the spring.

Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar said she’d sent a letter to Sanders about conditions at the Clint facility.

“Children do not belong in detention and [President Donald Trump‘s] failed policies are only harming children and promoting needless and cruel family separation,” she said.

Migrant living conditions at facilities on the U.S.-Mexico border have been criticized for months. At a processing center in McAllen, Texas, migrant children are stuck in overcrowded spaces, forced to sleep outside and drink contaminated water.

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan was given a green light this month to carry out mass deportations after Trump postponed raids in multiple U.S. cities.

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