Top U.S. border official Chris Magnus resigns after less than a year on the job

Updated November 12, 2022 at 10:12 p.m. ET

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned from his post on Saturday night after a year of record-breaking arrests of migrants at the southern border.

The White House announced that CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus had offered his resignation and President Biden had accepted.

“President Biden appreciates Commissioner Magnus’ nearly forty years of service and the contributions he made to police reform during his tenure as police chief in three U.S. cities,” the press secretary said. Karine Jean-Pierre in a press release. “The President thanks Mr. Magnus for his service to CBP and wishes him well.”

Magnus held the position for less than a year. His resignation comes a day after he told the Los Angeles Times that he had refused a request to resign from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who oversees CBP.

In an email to CBP staff, Mayorkas thanked Magnus for his service and said Troy Miller, a career CBP official who held the position before Magnus was confirmed by the Senate in December, will fill the position. acting commissioner from now on.

The upheaval at CBP comes after migrant arrests at the southern border hit a record high of more than 2.3 million in the past year, fueling attacks from Republicans that the Biden administration’s border policies are too indulgent.

Magnus, who is 62, was chosen by the White House and confirmed by the Senate in a party vote. He was the first openly gay man to lead CBP, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency.

Magnus earned a reputation as a law enforcement reformer while serving as police chief in Fargo, ND, Richmond, CA, and Tucson, Arizona. And he also tried to make changes to CBP.

More than a dozen House Republicans sent a letter to President Biden earlier this month urging him to call for Magnus’ resignation after an unflattering Politico story, which paints Magnus as unengaged in meetings with White House staff and unfamiliar with the operations of the sprawling agency of more than 60,000 employees.

Magnus has denied these allegations. “I didn’t take this job as a resume builder,” he said The Washington Post. “I came to Washington, DC – I put my family here – because I care about this agency, its mission and the goals of this administration.”

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