Chris Magnus, Customs and Border Protection nominee, squeaks through confirmation vote in Senate
Added 12-07-21 09:03:02pm EST - “President Biden's pick to lead the country's top border agency was confirmed Tuesday on a near party-line vote in the Senate, installing someone who's argued for a more lenient approach toward illegal immigration.” - Washingtontimes.com
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President Biden’s pick to lead the country’s top border agency was confirmed Tuesday on a near party-line vote in the Senate, installing someone who’s argued for a more lenient approach toward illegal immigration.
Chris Magnus, chief of police in Tucson, Arizona, was approved as commissioner of Customs and Border Protection on a 50-47 vote. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, sided with Democrats in backing him.
Mr. Magnus will take over an agency reeling from an unprecedented surge of illegal immigration, which most analysts say was triggered by relaxed border policies. Reducing those record numbers will be difficult, given the political constraints on President Biden.
The new commissioner’s backers said that as a police chief in a major city less than a hundred miles from the border, Mr. Magnus understands how to balance safety with compassion.
“His prioritization of security and human dignity is the approach CBP needs as it works toward orderly, secure and compassionate border solutions,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.
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