Biden Official Leaves Departing Message

( Last weekend, the White House revealed that the president had accepted the resignation of the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Chris Magnus.

The Los Angeles Times had earlier reported that Magnus initially refused to step down from his job after the Biden administration had requested he do so.

But on November 12, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that Biden had accepted Magnus’ resignation and thanked him for his service. Jean-Pierre’s statement included a copy of Magnus’ November 12 resignation letter.

In his resignation letter, Magnus thanked the president for allowing him to serve as CBP commissioner and informed him that he was resigning “effective immediately.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (who really should be the guy resigning) sent a letter to CBP employees Saturday night notifying them of Magnus’ resignation and informing them that deputy commissioner Troy Miller would serve as acting commissioner in his place.

As the commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol, Chris Magnus oversaw over 60,000 employees whose missions include counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement.

Magnus, who was narrowly confirmed by the Senate in December 2021, in a 50 to 47 vote, previously served as chief of police in Tucson, Arizona. He also served as police chief in Richmond, California, and Fargo, North Dakota.

In October, Politico reported that five current administration officials had portrayed Magnus as “unengaged in his job.” The officials told Politico that Magnus often skipped White House meetings on the situation at the southern border. He reportedly disparaged other agencies to both his colleagues and superiors while failing to build relationships within CBP and across other agencies to deal with the unprecedented flow of foreign nationals across the border.

During a visit to the southern border this Tuesday, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy blasted DHS Secretary Mayorkas for the “greatest wave of illegal immigration in recorded history.” McCarthy called on Mayorkas to resign, warning that if the secretary refuses to resign, House Republicans would “investigate every order, every action, and every failure” to determine if they should begin an impeachment inquiry.