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Freedom-Lover-4564 t1_ivzachs wrote

It's not covered in this article, but previous news reports indicated that Magnus was kind of checked out -- not really attending important meetings, and sending junior staffers. It was reported that he had been ill with a chronic condition that kept him from performing the full role that was expected of the BP chief at a time of national border crisis. Let's see who is next in the hot seat.


lostcanteloupe t1_ivzg4q2 wrote

That's kind of how he was in Tucson. He always came off as a vapid politician more than a cop. Aloof, unapproachable, didn't seem super in tune with things but was still quick to throw officers under the bus under the guise of "accountability." I don't really know anything positive that he accomplished here.


Bokth t1_iw1czua wrote

The junior staffers seem most qualified.

But no. It'll be a career figurehead


Kattle t1_iw2y4xm wrote

The junior staff was formerly serving as Acting Commissioner. He is well qualified and rose through the ranks of CBP. He will do well.


Chippopotanuse t1_iw2hi52 wrote

Yeah…this paragraph in the article hints at that damning picture:

> Chris Magnus was told to resign or be fired less than a year after he was confirmed as the Biden administration’s choice to lead the agency, according to two people who were briefed on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. He is refusing to step down.

Regardless of how anyone feels about immigration, we can’t afford to have recalcitrant and hubristic pricks running Customs and Border Patrol.


urban_snowshoer t1_ivzd454 wrote

From the article

>In a statement to the newspaper, Magnus said he was asked by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down or be fired. He said he wouldn’t step down and defended his record.

Political appointees are basically "at will" and serve at the pleasure of the President.

If you cooperate when asked for your resignation you'll sometimes be allowed to resign with honor and dignity but if you don't the results aren't going to be pretty.

It's pretty rare for a political appointee to refuse a request for their resignation, though it has happened. When it does it ends up being a lot worse than if they'd simply resigned as requested.


Redpandaling t1_ivznv4f wrote

>the results aren't going to be pretty.

I initially misread this as "the results are going to be petty."

Which is possibly also an accurate statement?


Rage_Like_Nic_Cage t1_ivz5nni wrote

> In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, migrants were stopped 2.38 million times, up 37% from the year before, according to newly released figures. The annual total surpassed 2 million for the first time in August and is more than twice the highest level during Donald Trump’s presidency, in 2019

So correct me if i’m wrong, but if the goal/objective was to stop people from coming over the border, wouldn’t an increase in stops mean they’re doing a better job than they were previously?

I’ve never heard of a cop’s job on the line because arrests went up.


JackMitcham t1_ivz6c7p wrote

I don't think it's saying he's being forced out because of the number of stops. The article is written to lead you to that conclusion, but they never actually make the claim.


modularpeak2552 t1_ivzcadf wrote

that's not how that works. for example if i shovel more snow from my driveway this year then i have in years before its not because i have suddenly gotten better at shoveling, its because it snowed a hell of a lot more then in years past.


dern_the_hermit t1_ivzybaz wrote

Well, we shouldn't be using the volume of snow you shoveled to determine annual snowfall levels, first of all...


RCrumbDeviant t1_iw0702a wrote

I don’t believe they’re correlated. If you read news stories about “border control” they like to float this number, regardless of relevance. The article, I felt, doesn’t really go into detail of why they’re firing him, just that he’s not liked by a variety of groups.


ImpressoDigitais t1_iw3don1 wrote

Not real stops. Give-ups. What the media and Reddit likes to label as asylum seekers. Counting these stops as enforcement wins would be disingenuous. I am not saying Magnus failed because they happened. It is just that they have and will continue to happen for the next foreseeable decade. Enforcement wins for the border would be measured in returns and removals.


Cheap_Coffee t1_ivz6l4y wrote

>The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being forced out of
his job leading the nation’s largest law enforcement agency as the
number of illegal crossings rose to the highest level ever recorded in a fiscal year, according to two people familiar with the matter.

This is the first paragraph of the article.


thatoneguy889 t1_ivz7a0d wrote

That just says the two things are happening concurrently. It doesn't say they are related.


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Rage_Like_Nic_Cage t1_ivzfy53 wrote

and how is it his fault other countries are deteriorating enough to make a larger portion of their population want to immigrate to the US? He doesn’t control the economic conditions for either country.

your argument is like blaming a weatherman for an increase in rain.


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Rage_Like_Nic_Cage t1_ivzk551 wrote

and prey tell, how do you stop people from coming? other than detain the people that do come over (which it looks like he did) there’s not much else he can do.


Good-Expression-4433 t1_iw04rtd wrote

Doesn't help that the US spent most of the 70s and 80s destabilizing Central and South American countries under the guise of "freedom." It wasn't just the Taliban that the CIA was arming.


notallowedin t1_ivzg081 wrote

Dude just learned about the invention of ladders.


r_sharon t1_iw2k37a wrote

Chris Magnus has no prior Federal immigration or customs work experience. The laws CBP enforces are very complex, how can a person with no prior experience succeed?

Also, as Chief of the Tucson Police Department Chris Magnus was in charge of a work force of about 1,000 employees. As the Commissioner of CBP he is in charge of a work force of more than 60,000 employees. He lacks the experience leading such a large work force.