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president Bidens The controversial candidate to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was confirmed in a narrow Senate vote on Tuesday.
The Senate confirmed Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as head of the CBP by 50 to 47 votes after a controversial confirmation process.
Magnus, who currently serves as the Tucson, Arizona police chief, deleted his Twitter account last week after repeated police calls Controversy made national news. Police officer Ryan Remington was recently released after he fatally shot and killed a 61-year-old man on an electric scooter who was accused of stealing a toolbox from a Tucson Walmart.
BIDEN CBP-NOMINATED CHRIS MAGNUS DELETES TWITTER ACCOUNT BEFORE CONFIRMATION VOTE
“His use of lethal force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts several aspects of our use of force and education,” said Magnus, also noting that he was “deeply concerned and disturbed” by the murders.
The new CBP boss also made headlines at the time revealed he filed a case of sexual harassment and retaliation against a former member of his protection squad. The case was settled out of court in 2017 for an undisclosed amount and was described by Magnus as “completely wrong”.
Additionally, Allegations to the surface that Magnus made racist jokes and discriminated against black officers at work.
Another lawsuit, which covered claims made in 2006 and 2007, and was ultimately rejected by a jury in 2012, could prove to be an issue for Chris Magnus at a time when Democrats and even some Biden government officials have been trying to Making allegations of racism against Border Patrol – which CBP oversees.
Magnus’ nomination was also scrutinized by immigration hawks, who warned of the new CBP director’s lackluster record in enforcing immigration services.
“Secretary Mayorkas may have been right in describing Chris Magnus as ‘a highly respected and accomplished professional with extensive experience,'” RJ Hauman, director of government relations at FAIR, told Fox News. “Not only is he highly regarded by open border activists and illegal aliens, he also has a long track record of opposing immigration enforcement.”
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“While this may be a perfect résumé in the eyes of the White House, it is disqualifying and downright dangerous,” he said.
As CBP commissioner, Magnus will oversee key immigration agencies, including the border police.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Louis Casiano contributed to the coverage.