Biden administration pressures top border official to resign

  • The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday he had been asked to resign.
  • CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said the request was made by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
  • Magnus told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to stay on.

Less than a year after being sworn in, the top U.S. border official said Friday the Biden administration was pushing to replace him.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, U.S. Customs and Border Protection official Chris Magnus said he’s been asked twice this week to quit or risk being fired. A former Tucson police chief, Magnus was confirmed to his post last December by a 50-47 vote in the Senate.

Magnus said the request was made earlier this week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. According to Magnus, Mayorkas said he would ask to be fired if he did not submit a resignation. The threat was reiterated Thursday by another DHS official, Magnus said.

“I told him that I felt there was no justification for me to resign while I still cared deeply about the work I was doing and felt that this work was focused on the things I had to do. was hired in the first place,” Magnus said. the temperature.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In his current role, Magnus oversees the federal government’s largest law enforcement agency, including members of the US Border Patrol. According to Magnus, Mayorkas asked for his resignation after the CBP commissioner decided not to award a “retention” bonus to the Border Patrol chief, citing philosophical differences.

Despite the enforcement of strict border measures, including Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that prohibits most migrants from exercising their legal right to seek asylum at a port of entry. , Republicans attacked the Biden administration for not doing more to prevent unauthorized crossings.

The number of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border is lower than the number observed in the early 2000s, according to the DHS. But, in part because of Title 42 forcing many asylum seekers to illegally cross the border to make their claims – and with those detained under the policy often immediately deported, not officially deported, which makes it easier to repeat attempts – CBP reported a record number of apprehensions last month.

Do you have a topical tip? Email this reporter: [email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *