U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost is allegedly expected to leave her post by December, according to several high-ranking former Department of Homeland Security and union officials with first-hand knowledge of the plan.

The Washington Examiner reported Provost’s end as Chief, not revealing any sources as to which officials made the claims about Provost.

Shortly after the news of Provost leaving surfaced, a Washington Post reporter covering immigration and border issues wrote on Twitter that Provost is “NOT leaving in 2019, according to DHS official.” Refuting the news, he added, “She will be eligible to retire in 2020.”

While anonymous claims say Provost is leaving or not leaving her position as Chief of U.S. Border Patrol, Provost has not made any public comments to validate or negate either assertion.


Carla Provost is a 48-year-old lifetime Border Patrol employee who has served as permanent chief for less than a year and is the first woman to lead the 95-year-old agency.

Provost has been given the position at a time when the agency is dealing with unprecedented numbers of asylum-seeking migrants from Central America and Mexico.

Over half a million immigrants have been apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the fiscal year 2019 so far.

Growing pains

While all agencies involved in the handling of illegal immigration and processing of asylum-seekers are struggling with the streams of immigrants crossing into the United States, there is an internal crisis behind the scenes to contend with as well.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R–Ala.) has complained that more than a dozen posts lack permanent holders, according to the Washington Examiner.

Meanwhile, a number of high-ranking positions within DHS and its child agencies are not held by permanent officials but are held by acting officials. For example, Carla Provost was one of them, having been the acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol from April 2017 through August 2018 before officially becoming permanent chief.

However, President Donald Trump is not moved by the struggle. In early January, the president said, “I am in no hurry” in regards to finding permanent replacements for one-quarter of his Cabinet serving in an acting capacity at the time.

President Trump was leaving for Camp David when he told reporters, “I like acting [officials]. It gives me more flexibility. Do you understand that? I like acting. So we have a few that are acting. We have a great, great Cabinet.”

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