On Tuesday, a group of House Republicans chaired by Georgia Rep. Jody Hice requested that President Joe Biden calls for the dismissal of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus.
The letter, acquired first by the Daily Caller, mentions a Politico report in which five current Biden admin. employees who deal with Magnus informed the publication that he is unengaged in his position. According to the sources, Magnus doesn’t always attend White House briefings about the border problems, disparages other agencies to fellow CBP employees, and has not developed ties with CBP or any other agencies.
According to the congressmen, Magnus must be forced to retire in light of this information, and the forthcoming CBP commissioner must be prepared to focus on the border situation.
“According to a recent Politico report, US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus has really been sleeping on the job – literally. It is unconscionable for someone in such a key position to miss high-level sessions due to his sleep habits. The United States’ senior border official prioritized naps before national security. Magnus has been snoring his way through the increasing number of border crossings since he acquired the job. We’ve witnessed record-breaking border crossings under his watch month after month,” Hice noted in a statement before issuing the letter.
“My colleagues and I urge President Biden to act quickly to guarantee that the border disaster is supervised by a committed official who exhibits adequate leadership in dealing with such a complex subject. Chris Magnus, the Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection, must resign. Our country’s top border officer must be focused on resolving the border problem, not taking a nap,” Hice continued.
In 2021, border agents faced a historic two million immigrants at the US-Mexico border. They confiscated $3.31 billion in counterfeit items, over 319,000 lbs of marijuana, over 190,000 lbs of methamphetamine, and over 97,000 lbs of cocaine in fiscal year 2021.