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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Senate Confirms Biden’s Candidacy For CBP Head Amid Border Crisis

President Joe Biden’s candidacy for head of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was narrowly approved by the Senate on Tuesday as his administration struggles to curb record levels of illegal immigration.

The 50–47 vote was party-line, with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who joined the Democrats in confirming Chris Magnus.

Magnus, 61, will now become the agency’s commissioner, which includes the Border Patrol.

Magnus steps down as Chief of Police in Tucson, Arizona.

Illegal detentions of immigrants at the US-Mexico border have skyrocketed since Biden took office and overturned or changed key policies of former President Donald Trump, including ending the construction of the border wall, ending the Stay in Mexico program, and limiting the use of pandemic expulsion powers. aliens.

The Biden administration has already set records for the most concerns in a fiscal and calendar year, with the exception of two months in 2021.

Magnus has repeatedly refused to describe the border situation as a crisis during his confirmation hearings, drawing criticism from the Republicans and making it clear to Biden whose administration is shying away from describing.

“Senator, let me assure you that no one thinks this issue is more pressing than me,” he said during a conversation with Senator Todd Young (Republican of India), who wondered how many intersections would be required for Magnus. see this as a crisis.

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Magnus said in his opening statement that he will “comply with the law” if confirmed, but will require CBP staff to “be conscientious, fair and humane in compliance with the law.”

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Border Patrol agents detain and transport illegal immigrants who have just crossed the river to La Jolla, Texas on November 17, 2021 (Charlotte Cuthbertson / The Epoch Times)

Magnus later declined to say if he would renew the contracts signed under the Trump administration for the construction of the border wall, saying he was not familiar with the matter. He did say that he believed there was room for infrastructure alongside the border, including the walls.

RJ Howman, director of government affairs and communications for the US Immigration Reform Federation, said Magnus “has a long track record of opposing immigration controls,” and that track record should have been disqualified. He spoke out against changing or ending funding for the so-called cities of refuge and states.

However, others said they supported Magnus and welcomed his confirmation.

“Chris Magnus brings the South Arizona experience and insight that will be essential to his new role as CBP Leader as we continue to work on border security, modernize our ports of entry and ensure a more streamlined and humane border process that does not fall on Arizona communities. “- said in a statement by Senator Mark Kelly (Democrat from Arizona).

Masuma Hak contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers US news and articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Maryland.

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