U.S. Border Protection commissioner Chris Magnus has refused an order to resign from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This is amid an unprecedented wave of illegal immigrants pouring across the Mexican border.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus has a reputation for skipping White House events and falling asleep in meetings per Politico. But he told the Los Angeles Times that he recently defied orders to not meet with border patrol chiefs in El Paso. His refusal to extend a “retention” bonus for Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz prompted Homeland Security’s quit-or-be-fired ultimatum.
“After me making extensive attempts to reach and discuss the matter, I went to the (border patrol chiefs) meeting so I could engage with the chiefs on various issues and concerns,” Magnus said. “I also met with Chief Ortiz to see how we might best work together moving forward.”
Magnus’s career in law enforcement has included stints in Michigan, North Dakota, and California. He was also the police chief in Tucson, Arizona. He was picked a year ago to be commissioner of the CBP, a 60,000-person agency that oversees border security, trade, and travel.
The Politico article portrayed Magnus as preoccupied with the agency’s culture. Also claiming that he was not doing enough to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. An estimated five million people have crossed the border since the Biden administration took office. Biden reversed many of former President Trump’s border security measures, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, measures that protected United States citizens.
Magnus said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien reiterated Mayorkas’ demand. Magnus claimed Tien said he would be fired within days if he did not quit. However, the commissioner refused to leave the post of his own volition.
“I expressed to him that I felt there was no justification for me to resign when I still cared deeply about the work I was doing and felt that work was focused on the things I was hired to do in the first place,” Magnus told the Times.
“I want to make this clear: I have no plans to resign as CBP Commissioner,” Magnus declared according to The Washington Post. “I didn’t take this job as a resume builder. I came to Washington, DC — moved my family here — because I care about this agency, its mission, and the goals of this Administration.”
The Biden administration has declined to take responsibility for the border fiasco, blaming governments in Latin America for the influx, The Washington Post reported.
“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border,” Magnus excused himself. “Those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges for processing and removal.”