Biden accepts the resignation of US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus

Washington President Biden on Saturday accepted the resignation of his administration’s Senate-confirmed Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus, who was asked Leaders were disappointed with his leadership by the Department of Homeland Security to step down.

Mr. Biden, in a brief resignation letter to Magnus, who had earned a reputation as a progressive law enforcement reformer while serving as police chief in Tucson, Arizona, Richmond, Calif., and Fargo, North Dakota, said it has been a “privilege”. and honor” for serving in the administration.

“I am submitting my resignation effective immediately, but wish you and your administration the very best. Thank you again for this tremendous opportunity,” Magnus wrote.

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FILE – Chris Magnus, the nominee for the then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, speaks during a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on October 19, 2021 in Washington DC.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 19: Chris Magnus, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Oct.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that the president has accepted Magnus’ resignation, one of the Biden administration’s most high-profile departures, and again the biggest federal law without a Senate-confirmed leadership. will leave the enforcement agency.

“President Biden appreciates Commissioner Magnus’ nearly forty years of service and his contribution to police reform during his tenure as police chief in three US cities,” Jean-Pierre said in his statement. “The President thanks Mr. Magnus for his service at CBP and wishes him well.”

Magnus’ resignation comes just a day after it was revealed that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas had lost confidence in his ability to lead the CBP at a time when the agency faced a record number of migrant fears at the US-Mexico border. Struggled to answer.

However, Magnus indicated to several news outlets on Friday that he had no intention of resigning, saying he was focused on reforming the CBP, which has quelled progressive criticism over its treatment of migrants and asylum seekers for years. has attracted.

Magnus had already been sidelined at CBP before the internal conflict became public, with Troy Miller, a career officer charged with day-to-day operations at the agency, according to a senior DHS official, who Anonymity was requested to discuss internal matters. ,

While there were many concerns among DHS leaders about Magnus and his ability to lead the CBP, the senior department official cited Magnus’ fraught ties with the Border Patrol, which is the only way to stop migrants entering the US illegally. Is the agency responsible for capturing and processing.

In an interview Friday with the Los Angeles Times, Magnus defended his leadership, saying that his efforts to reform the Border Patrol were met with resistance.

“At one point, it became so clear to me that some of the top leadership at DHS did not understand what reform looked like even within a law enforcement organization,” Magnus told the newspaper.

In a message late Saturday informing CBP staff that Magnus had left the department, Meyerkas said that Miller, a career agency official, would become acting commissioner, a position he previously held in the early days of the Biden administration.

“We are grateful to Commissioner Magnus for his contributions over the past year and wish him well,” Meyerkas said in a message obtained by CBS News.

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