Biden taps Tucson police chief Chris Magnus to lead Customs and Border Protection

President Joe Biden on Monday announced his intent to nominate Tucson police chief Chris Magnus, a longtime critic of Trump-era immigration policies, as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Other nominees include Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Jen Easterly as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Jon Meyer as general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security; Rob Silvers as undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans for the Department of Homeland Security; and John Tien, deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security,

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas praised Biden’s picks in a statement.

“I am excited that President Biden has nominated an extraordinary group of individuals for critical leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security.  They are highly regarded and accomplished professionals with deep experience in their respective fields,” Mayorkas said. “Together they will help advance the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to ensure the safety and security of the American people.  I look forward to working with the Senate in support of their swift confirmation.” 

Magnus’ lengthy career in public safety includes coming up through the ranks of the Lansing, Michigan Police Department, and serving as police chief in the cities of Fargo, North Dakota, Richmond, California, and Tucson, Arizona.

“In each of these cities Magnus developed a reputation as a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability,” the White House said in a statement.

Biden’s picks must be approved by the Senate, which is narrowly controlled by Democrats. The chamber is divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

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