Top immigration official suddenly resigns after refusing to quit

Fox News reports that Chris Magnus, the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has resigned. 

The White House indicated as much in a statement that it released over the weekend.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said:

The President has accepted the resignation of Christopher Magnus, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 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. The President thanks Mr. Magnus for his service at CBP and wishes him well.

“I have no plans to resign”

Magnus’s resignation follows reports that the Biden administration, specifically Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, had given him the option to either resign or be fired. The only thing is that, initially, Magnus refused to comply.

Magnus, in an email to senior CBP members, wrote:

I want to make this clear: I have no plans to resign as CBP Commissioner. I didn’t take this job as a resume builder. I came to Washington, D.C.— moved my family here— because I care about this agency, its mission, and the goals of this Administration.

It is unclear what changed for Magnus between then and now that he, all of a sudden, went from refusing to resign to handing in his letter of resignation.

My resignation is “effective immediately”

In his resignation letter, Magnus expressed gratitude for being allowed to be part of the Biden administration.

He wrote:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Senate confirmed Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the past year. It has been a privilege and honor to be part of your administration. I am submitting my resignation effective immediately but wish you and your administration the very best going forward. Thank you again for this tremendous opportunity.

Again, these are surprising words from someone who was initially refusing to resign.

What now?

The big question is whom President Joe Biden is going to choose to be the next CBP commissioner, and, as of yet, we don’t know.

Magnus’s departure seems to be more about getting Magnus out than getting someone else in. And, this departure appears to be strategically timed, perhaps in preparation for a Republican-led House that plans on investigating the southern border crisis.

Magnus had been the CBP commissioner for about a year. He faced multiple scandals, and he oversaw record illegal immigration numbers at the southern border.

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