U.S. border agency leader resigns amid wave of migrants



The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has resigned from his job main the nation’s largest legislation enforcement agency as brokers encounter file numbers of migrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

Chris Magnus submitted his resignation to U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday, saying it had been “a privilege and honor” to be half of the administration.

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

Two individuals who have been briefed on the matter informed The Associated Press on Friday that Magnus was informed to resign or be fired lower than a yr after he was confirmed. The folks spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to deal with the matter publicly.

Magnus’s elimination is a component of a bigger shakeup anticipated at Homeland Security because it struggles to handle migrants coming from a wider vary of international locations, together with Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. This comes as Republicans are prone to take management of the House in January and are anticipated to launch investigations into the border.

Migrants have been stopped 2.38 million instances on the Mexican border within the fiscal yr that ended Sept. 30, up 37% from the yr earlier than. The annual whole surpassed 2 million for the primary time in August and is greater than twice the very best stage throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, in 2019.

The Los Angeles Times was first to report on the ultimatum. In a press release to the newspaper, Magnus stated he was requested by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down or be fired.


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