Katharine Gorka Steps Down As CBP Press Secretary

Katharine Gorka Steps Down As CBP Press Secretary after two months on the job. In an interview with CNN, she said she is resigning and will leave the agency at the end of the week. Gorka’s departure was first reported by Washington Post. “For almost three years I have served the administration. I’ve decided to spend more time with my family,” she said, adding that it was “100%” her choice to leave the position.

Katharine Gorka Steps Down As CBP Press Secretary

During her tenure at CBP, the agency has often been in the spotlight for severe overcrowding at its border facilities, and reports of lewd and demeaning social media postings by former as well as current agents.

Katharine Gorka leaving CBP is the latest in a string of high-profile turnovers at the Department of Homeland Security, which has since left the department with an acting secretary in April, and all three immigration-focused agencies with acting chiefs.

Mark Morgan, acting CBP Commissioner joined the agency in early July after a short stint at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With Gorka leaving the agency, both CBP and ICE will also be without a political appointee in their communications offices.

Katharine Gorka was a political appointee in the Homeland Security policy office before joining CBP on June 24. It stirred controversy for her role in the department’s efforts to combat violent extremism in the US. Over the past years and during her time as a senior adviser at DHS, outside groups have requested records with one group suing to get documents.

In March, Democracy Forward spokeswoman Charisma Troiano said, “We’re suing to find out whether her extreme and biased views are driving Homeland Security resources away from real threats.”

At the time John Sanders former acting Commissioner was leading the agency was when Gorka joined CBP. Sanders had advocated for Gorka to join, but shortly after Goka arrived, he left the agency.

Katie has been an active and valued member of CBP’s Public Affairs team and after three years of public service as a member of the DHS transition team, at DHS and CBP, we wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” said acting Assistant Commissioner Michael Friel in a statement Tuesday.