This is getting ugly.
After five months as President Biden’s senior adviser for migration, an announcement was made by the White House that Tyler Moran would be leaving the position at the end of January.
In a statement to Politico, Biden’s chief domestic policy advisor Susan Rice said that Moran, who accepted the role in July, was “an invaluable member” of the team during the transition. Adding Moran had been a “tremendous asset in our effort to rebuild a fair and humane immigration system.”
In a statement by the White House, it was reported that there was never an intention for Moran to remain in the position for more than a year.
However, these statements are similar to remarks made by the White House about Moran’s predecessor, Amy Pope, when the White House said Moran would replace Pope in July.
The White House said at the time that Pope “had always intended to join the Biden Administration for a short time,” with her expected departure being mid-summer.
U.S Customs and Border Protection Data shows encounters with migrants at the southern border rose by 24,561 incidents between June and July. The encounters decreased slightly in August and September, decreasing from 209,840 incidents to 192,001. Those figures, however, are a far cry from the same period in 2019 when recorded encounters only reached 104,311.
Moran’s departure signals another change in Biden’s ever-changing border team, which included a departure by Roberta Jackson in April and several mid and lower-level aides also resigning.
In the statement, the White House did not name a replacement for Moran. But it did emphasize that six weeks would be enough time to find a candidate to take up the role.