Border patrol commissioner resigns after initially resisting Mayorkas order

Border Patrol Commissioner Chris Magnus resigned over the weekend after saying that he would not resign from his position as ordered by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, despite numerous complaints about his performance amid record-high illegal border crossings and arrests, according to the Daily Wire.

Magnus has been accused in recent months of missing White House events and falling asleep during meetings, never mind the five million illegal immigrants that have come into the country on his watch.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Magnus said that the resign or be fired order came about because he refused to extend a “retention” bonus for the head of Border Patrol, Raul Ortiz.

Ortiz did not support cultural reforms Magnus was trying to make within the Border Patrol, Magnus said.

Impasse broken

Mayorkas and Magnus had been at an impasse, and Mayorkas said that if he did not resign he would recommend to President Joe Biden that he be fired.

Magnus went to a Tuesday meeting about Ortiz that Mayorkas had told him not to attend, which did not help the situation.

“After me making extensive attempts to reach [Mayorkas] and discuss the matter, I went to the (border patrol chiefs) meeting so I could engage with the chiefs on various issues and concerns,” Magnus said. “I also met with Chief Ortiz to see how we might best work together moving forward.”

Magnus had said publicly that he didn’t plan to resign, essentially daring the administration to fire him.

“I want to make this clear: I have no plans to resign as CBP Commissioner,” Magnus asserted in a statement to his staff, according to The Washington Post. “I didn’t take this job as a resume builder. I came to Washington, DC — moved my family here — because I care about this agency, its mission, and the goals of this Administration.”

Magnus relents

But according to The Hill, Magnus relented, and by Saturday White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a statement that President Joe Biden had accepted his resignation.

“President Biden appreciates Commissioner Magnus’ nearly forty years of service and the contributions he made to police reform during his tenure as police chief in three U.S. cities,” Jean-Pierre said. “The President thanks Mr. Magnus for his service at CBP and wishes him well.”

House Republicans had asked for Magnus to be fired because of his performance issues and the record number of border crossings.

An astounding 3,484,327 immigrants were detained by Border Patrol in the first 20 months of Biden’s tenure, which is more than the total detained under the Obama administration over his eight years in office, the Daily Wire pointed out.

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