US Customs and Border Protection commissioner asked to resign, source says
By Priscilla Alvarez, CNNUpdated: Fri, 11 Nov 2022 16:39:32 GMTSource: CNNHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asked US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus to resign thisBy Priscilla Alvarez, CNN
Updated: Fri, 11 Nov 2022 16:39:32 GMT
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asked US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus to resign this week, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
Magnus has been criticized internally for being out of touch with the agency and publicly for the handling of the US-Mexico border.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Magnus said he planned to stay in the agency.
"I am excited about the progress I made and look forward continuing that work," he said.
CNN has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and the White House for comment.
President Joe Biden tapped Magnus, who served as police chief in Tucson, Arizona, to helm CBP -- the largest federal law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue-collecting source in the federal government.
Late last year, the Senate confirmed Magnus after months of confirmation setbacks that left the agency with a void at the top amid a record number of border arrests.
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Magnus came in at a time when Customs and Border Protection, which is under the Department of Homeland Security, faced an influx of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border and grappled with travel restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
US Border Patrol, a division of Customs and Border Protection, made over 2.2 million arrests in fiscal year 2022 for unlawful crossings on the US-Mexico border, the highest annual number of apprehensions on record.