Biden’s controversial nominee confirmed by Senate to become CBP chief

President Joe Biden has received some backlash over his pick to head up U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Despite the controversy surrounding the nomination of Chris Magnus, he was confirmed by a slim 50-47 majority in the Senate this week.

“Deeply disturbed and troubled”

The incoming CBP chief is currently a police chief in Tucson, Arizona, and his department has come under fire over issues including an officer who fatally shot a man in a wheelchair in an encounter related to an alleged theft at Walmart. That officer has since been fired from the agency.

For his part, the chief has asserted that he was “deeply disturbed and troubled” by the details of that case, adding that the officer’s “use of deadly force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts multiple aspects of our use of force and training.”

Magnus has also been at the center of controversy on a personal level, including a 2017 case involving allegations of sexual harassment and claims that he discriminated against minorities serving in his department.

Not only have those scandals clouded his nomination, but Americans in favor of tough immigration policies have expressed concerns about the direction he is likely to take the CBP.

R.J. Hauman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform has previously spoken out against Biden’s choice.

“Highly regarded by open borders activists”

Citing Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Hauman conceded that Magnus might be a “highly regarded and accomplished professional with deep experience,” but stipulated that he is “highly regarded by open borders activists and illegal aliens.”

He went on to denounce the “lengthy track record for opposing immigration enforcement” that Magnus will bring with him into the new role.

According to the immigration reform advocate, Magnus appears to have “a perfect resume in the eyes of the White House” but his record should be seen as “disqualifying and downright dangerous” to Americans concerned about the nation’s border crisis.

Back home in Tucson, Magnus has received some praise ahead of his ascension into the Biden administration.

In a statement shortly after he was confirmed, Mayor Regina Romero said: “I congratulate Chief Magnus on his appointment and am grateful for his dedicated service and contributions to our community. I look forward to working together with the Commissioner on key issues affecting Southern Arizona.”

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