According to a government source, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner is being fired as part of a bigger change in top staff at DHS (Department of Homeland Security).
According to a source, Chris Magnus refuses to leave the job after being told by Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, to resign or be fired. This comes after an unprecedented year of migrants trying to cross the border from Mexico to the United States.
Magnus has been in the job for just over a year. Sources say that he has had clashes with DHS officials about border enforcement policy. His deputies have taken some of Magnus’ responsibilities.
Officials from DHS did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
According to DHS, almost 2.4 million migrants were held at the border in September’s fiscal year, an increase of 37% over the previous year.
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Magnus was nominated by President Biden for the post in 2021. He was confirmed in December that year.
Magnus has been involved in a variety of controversy, apart from the record-breaking border numbers. Fox News reported that Magnus had settled a case of sexual harassment and retaliation against a former officer in October 2021. This case stemmed during his time as Richmond police chief in California.
Magnus fell asleep at meetings last month, according to reports.
An administration official said to Politico of Magnus that he is not playing in the game. “Every meeting that has him in it will lead to a conclusion. Magnus will then have a sidebar issue to bring up and we’ll all be like, ‘What’s that about?’
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Magnus made a defense of his performance to Fox News in an October statement.
“I care deeply about CBP, and the people who work there. He said that in the 10 months that I have been CBP’s Commissioner, he has become familiar with the agency’s many complicated areas of responsibility. While CBP is an operational agency and not a policy-making one, I have been involved in major DHS policy discussions, including border security, immigration, and trade. In these discussions, I often share insight from CBP’s civilian law enforcement personnel and frontline law enforcement officers. This will continue.