US Customs and Border Protection head announces resignation

John Sanders' ouster "had nothing to do" with revelations that Border Patrol housed migrant children in horrible conditions, sources told ABC News.
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Transcript for US Customs and Border Protection head announces resignation
And we begin tonight with that sudden resignation of America's acting border chief. After just two months on the John Sanders has now resigned. Tonight, the president saying he doesn't think he ever spoke to him. And this all comes amid the reports of hundreds of migrant children living in awful conditions at a facility in Clint, Texas. Sources telling ABC news tonight Sanders see departure has, quote, nothing to do with was what uncoffered involving those children. ABC's chief national correspondent Matt Gutman leading us off. Reporter: Tonight, amid headlines of those horrific children moved from that Texas facility, now, that stunning resignation. The president distancing himself from John Sanders, the cbp comissioner he appointed in April. I don't think I've ever spoken to him actually. No, we have some very good people running it. Reporter: Sources tell ABC news Sanders' resignation had nothing to do with revelations that the border patrol housed migrant children in Texas in conditions human rights lawyers likened to torture facilities. A border patrol station in Clint, Texas, reportedly denied about 300 children soap and toothpaes, according to lawyers who spoke with them. The children were found filthy and sleeping on the concrete floor with only Mylar sheets. The cbp has denied most of the allegations. And while the agency said earlier this week it removed 250 children, overnight, we learned about 100 more were transferred there. The cbp saying the overcrowding was the problem. That outgoing border chief recently railing at facilities just like Clint. Children should not have to sleep on the ground, huddle under Mylar blankets. This is the United States of America. We can and we must do better as a country. Reporter: There are currently about 13,500 children in U.S. One reason congress is now debating a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill. Hopefully today they'll be passing the bill. It's a humane bill. That's what we want. It's all about humanity. It's about helping children. Reporter: All this as this graphic video is emerging. A gutwrenching reminder of the perils my grants face. Mexican authorities say this father and his 2-year-old daughter drowned in the Rio grande, near Brownsville, Texas. He had reportedly deposited her on the U.S. Side of the river bank and when he went to ferry her mother across, the toddler jumped after him. He reportedly tried to rescue, stuffing her in his shirt, but it's believed they were both swept away. So, let's get to Matt Gutman with us live tonight. And Matt, so many questio about who is in charge. You have an acting homeland security secretary and now this acting border chief who resigned today. You have new reporting tonight on who might replace him? Reporter: That's right, government officials tell us that the president's likely choice for cbp commissioner is mark Morgan. Now, mark Morgan is a former fox News contributor. He's acting director of I.C.E. And one of the people pushing for raids against undocumented migrants in U.S. Cities last week. The president called those raids off, David. Matt Gutman, thank you. We're going to turn next

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