WASHINGTON, DC, November 11, 2022 — The Customs and Border Protection commissioner said Friday that he had been asked to step down but was refusing to do so, in what appears to be the Biden administration’s first attempted shake-up after the midterm elections.
The commissioner, Chris Magnus, who oversees much of the customs and trade policy and the country’s borders, said both Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, and the department’s deputy secretary asked him to resign or face being the first political appointee to be fired by President Biden. Mr. Magnus has been in the position for less than a year.
On Friday, in a message to Customs and Border Protection employees, Mr. Magnus wrote, “I have no plans to resign as C.B.P. commissioner,” according to a copy of the letter shared with The New York Times
The Biden’s Administration has remove one of the most successful Commissioner. CBP Commissioner Magnus “assisted areas impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Commissioner Magnus recently “honored two BPAs agents with a Border Patrol Achievement Medal for performing routine boat raining, achievements” Including pulling a “man to safety and rendered immediate aid.”
Commissioner Magnus said on Twitter “Border Patrol checkpoints are an important part of our multi-layered strategy to prevent the smuggling of persons and narcotics into the interior as smugglers continue to put migrant lives at risk with these dangerous attempts.”
Source: NYT contributed to the article.