The Voice Of Border Patrol Agents Tries To Keep His Head Straight As The World Changes

As the new chief of the troubled Border Patrol, Mark Morgan faces any number of complex problems, from corruption in the ranks to a new surge of children and families streaming to the border.

But the former U.S. Marine, Los Angeles Police Department officer and FBI agent was confronted by a far more personal question when he addressed an all-hands muster at the Border Patrol station here in El Paso on Oct. 5.

How dare he wear the uniform?

Morgan is the first outsider to head the Border Patrol in its 92 years. His decision to shed his dark business suit for the agents’ distinctive olive-green uniform, complete with black utility belt and holster, has sparked bitter controversy in the notoriously closed culture.

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