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The Biden administration has removed Rodney Scott from his position as the head of U.S. Border Patrol. On Wednesday, the 29-year agency veteran posted a statement on social media saying he was sent a letter offering him the choice to resign, retire or relocate. He said the notice didn’t give a reason for his removal, but claimed it was done “so the new administration can place the person they want in the position.” Many of Scott’s current and former colleagues were surprised he kept his position as long as he did under President Joe Biden. Scott will remain in his role for the next 60 days but didn’t decide if he will leave the Border Patrol or accept a reassignment. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Deputy chief Raul Ortiz will replace him as the interim head. The Washington Post
In other national immigration news…
Harris Headed to Southern Border
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the southern border on Friday after receiving criticism by Republicans for not visiting the area. Harris spokeswoman Symone Sanders confirmed the trip and added that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will join Harris. A senior official referred to the visit as a “cause-and-effect” strategy, classifying Harris’ visit to Guatemala and Mexico as addressing the cause of migration to the U.S. and her visit to the border as addressing migration’s effect. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the trip is part of Harris’ efforts to focus on the root causes of migration. CNN
U.S. to Evacuate Aghans Who Helped During War
The Biden administration plans on evacuating tens of thousands of Afghans interpreters and others who helped U.S. forces during the war while their U.S. entry applications are being processed. According to a senior administration official, the plans to relocate the Afghans and their families to other countries or U.S. territories came about within the last few days. A second official familiar with the deliberations said the administration intends on evacuating them this summer. Both officials noted that no country or countries for the temporary relocation have been decided. The Associated Press