US Customs and Border Protection chief resigns

His removal is part of a larger restructuring expected at Homeland Security as it struggles to manage migrants from a variety of countries.

WASHINGTON – The head of US Customs and Border Protection has resigned from his job as head of the country’s largest law enforcement agency amid clashes between agents Record numbers of migrants enter the United States from Mexico.

Chris Magnus submitted his resignation to President Joe Biden on Saturday, saying it was “a privilege and an honor” to be part of the government.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden accepted Magnus’ resignation. “President Biden appreciates Commissioner Magnus’ nearly forty years of service and the contributions he made to police reform in three U.S. cities during his tenure as police chief,” she said.

Two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Friday Magnus was told to resign or be fired less than a year after his confirmation. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly address the matter.

Magnus’ removal is part of a larger shock expected at Homeland Security as it struggles to manage migrants from a variety of countries, including Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. That comes as Republicans are expected to take control of the House of Representatives in January and begin investigations at the border.

Migrants were stopped at the Mexico border 2.38 million times in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, up 37% from the year before. The annual total surpassed 2 million for the first time in August, more than double the highest level during Donald Trump’s presidency in 2019.

The Los Angeles Times first reported on the ultimatum. In a statement to the newspaper, Magnus said he had been asked by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign or be fired.

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Laura Coffey

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