President Joe Biden’s Customs and Border Protection commissioner, an advocate of ‘sanctuary city’ policies, is being criticized within the administration for walking away from his job, failing to respond to the growing border crisis of the country and even falling asleep during the meetings, Policy reported Monday.
Chris Magnus, whom Biden appointed in April 2021 to lead CBP, often skips White House meetings at the border, is unfamiliar with CBP operations, and has failed to coordinate within his agency and in the entire Biden administration to stem a record influx of illegal migrants, five officials who work with Magnus said Policy.
As migrant encounters at the southern border hit a record two million in the fiscal year that ended last month, Magnus blamed other agencies, including immigration and customs, during high-level meetings with the Biden administration, officials said. Policy. Officials also said Magnus was largely unconcerned with the out-of-control situation at the border, instead prioritizing efforts to reform “the Border Patrol culture, responding to its long list of allegations of racism and violence.”
‘He’s not in the game,’ an administration official said Policy. “Every time there’s a meeting and he’s in it, we’ll come to a conclusion and Magnus will have a side issue that he wants to raise and we’re all like, ‘What the hell is that? this mess?”
Magnus critics also said Policy they saw Magnus fall asleep at important meetings, including one devoted to the influx of Venezuelans crossing the border illegally.
Magnus defended his CBP warrant for Policy, telling the outlet that he was “closely involved in major political discussions.” He said he fell asleep during meetings because it was a side effect of his multiple sclerosis. Magnus also accused of facing internal criticism because he has “always been someone who aggressively challenges the status quo” and “some people are threatened by that”.
The commissioner, a former police chief in Tucson, Arizona, faced broad Republican opposition after Biden named him head of CBP. Magnus defended “sanctuary cities” in a 2017 New York Times editorial and was a frequent critic of the Trump administration’s border policies.