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11 Nov, 2022 21:53

Biden’s border chief refuses to resign – media

Chris Magnus was told to quit or be fired by the US president amid the immigration crisis
Biden’s border chief refuses to resign – media

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief, Chris Magnus, has reportedly refused an order to resign from his superiors in the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He faces being fired directly by President Joe Biden, over the nation’s worst border crisis on record.

Magnus told senior staffers in a letter on Friday that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and his deputy, John Tien, told him to quit his post because they no longer had confidence in his ability to oversee the largest US law enforcement agency.

“I have no plans to resign,” the CBP commissioner added, insisting that he intends to show up to work on Monday.

However, he acknowledged that the DHS had already cut off his access to his official government Twitter account. He told the Los Angeles Times that he stood by his record of reforming how CBP operates. “I am excited about the progress I made and look forward to continuing that work.”

More than 5.5 million illegal aliens have been encountered by CBP agents at US borders since Biden took office in January 2021. A record 2.2 million apprehensions were made at the US-Mexico border in the federal government’s 2022 fiscal year, ended on September 30, exceeding the combined totals for the preceding four years under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. The border crisis has been blamed for surging inflows of fentanyl, a drug that caused nearly 108,000 US overdose deaths in 2021.

“Both Chris Magnus and his boss, Secretary Mayorkas, should resign,” US Representative Greg Steube, a Florida Republican, said on Friday. “They are failing at the Department of Homeland Security’s most basic mission. Our border is wide open.”

Magnus would be the first political appointee to be fired by Biden if the president follows through on his dismissal. Biden picked Magnus to lead the CBP, making him the agency’s first openly gay commissioner, and he was confirmed by the Senate last December. Magnus, 62, has worked for over 30 years in law enforcement. He offered to quit as police chief of Tucson, Arizona, in 2020, after a man died in custody, but his resignation was declined.