Top Biden Immigration Official Being Forced From Job Amid Record Border Crossings, Source Says
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus is reportedly being forced out after just one year on the job. The push to replace him aligns with a larger shake-up of Department of Homeland Security personnel, according to Fox News.
A source cited in the Fox report claims Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Magnus he was being replaced. Magnus was reportedly offered the choice of resigning or getting fired. He has yet to submit his resignation.
Magnus was formerly police chief in Tuscon, Arizona. When the Senate confirmed his appointment, he became the first openly gay commissioner of the largest U.S. law enforcement agency. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) delivered the decisive 50th vote to confirm Magnus in 2021.
Now, he is reportedly being shown the door. The Fox report noted Magnus has clashed with DHS officials over border enforcement policy during his brief tenure. Some of Magnus’ duties have been taken over by his deputies, the report added.
Replacing the border commissioner does not solve the record surge of illegal aliens across the southern border, but it may be viewed as “doing something.”
Four million illegal aliens have been encountered along the southern border separating the U.S. from Mexico in 2021 and 2022, CBP data reveals.
Those numbers predate Magnus’ appointment as commissioner, so it is unclear why he is being fired for something that began before he assumed office. The administration has not announced plans to drop Vice President Kamala Harris as running mate on his 2024 ticket.
President Biden placed his vice president in charge of border security in March 2021.
“When she speaks, she speaks for me,” the president said at the time. He referred to her previous position as California’s attorney general, claiming that experience equips her to lead the administration’s response to illegal immigration.