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Senate Confirms Chris Magnus to Lead CBP

December 08, 2021 (1 min read)

Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021

"The Senate on Tuesday approved President Biden’s choice to run Customs and Border Protection, filling a key post that has oversight of one of the president’s earliest and biggest challenges: handling the historic spike in illegal crossings at the nation’s southern border.  With the 50-47 vote, Chris Magnus, the police chief in Tucson, Ariz., is set to become the first openly gay commissioner of the federal government’s largest law enforcement agency. He will also be the first confirmed leader the agency has had since 2019. Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote in favor.  Known as a reform-minded police chief, Mr. Magnus faces the daunting task of winning the approval of the U.S. Border Patrol, an agency championed by former President Donald J. Trump that has long been criticized for excessive use of force and inhumane treatment of migrants."

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