Katie Gorka tapped as new Customs and Border Protection press secretary

There have been quite a few shake-ups in the Trump administration recently with regard to the various agencies and departments that deal with immigration policy.

One such change involves the hiring of a new spokesperson for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, and reports indicate that a candidate has been chosen and will soon be formally announced.

Decision made

Katie Gorka — wife of former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka — is believed to be next in line for the role of CBP press secretary.

That news was recently revealed by Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, and though the decision has yet to be officially announced,  and it remains unclear when Gorka would begin work, it nevertheless appears clear that the job is hers.

“Katie has been a valuable member of the DHS team, helping to advance the Department’s mission of preventing targeted violence and countering terrorism, regardless of ideology,” a DHS spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“We look forward to her continued service with the Department in her new position at CBP as we work to secure the border and enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” the spokesperson added.

Immigration hardliner

Gorka has been with the Trump administration since the very beginning, serving on the transition team as a Homeland Security adviser following the 2016 election. In April 2017, she became a DHS policy adviser, where she has worked ever since.

Much like her husband Sebastian, who served in 2017 as a deputy assistant to the president in the White House, Gorka is known for having strong, even hardline views on immigration.

Once her appointment is made official, it will be just the latest in a series of moves by the administration to shake up top immigration staff and move the administration in a tougher direction in terms of enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.

President Trump already replaced former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and named former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.

Trump also selected former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan to be a “Border Czar” in charge of all immigration-related issues, but it remains unclear at this time if Homan will accept the position as offered.

President Trump has made it abundantly clear that he has lost patience with the lax and loophole-filled immigration laws of this country, and these immigration-related shake-ups are part of a broader effort to address the ongoing border and migrant crises as best as the administration can.

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