Biden has chosen Tucson, Arizona, Police Chief Chris Magnus to be Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner and Ur Mendoza Jaddou as Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). CBP is liable for securing the border, countering terrorism, and grappling with transnational crime. USCIS handles legal immigration services.
The White House asserted that Magnus has “extensive experience in addressing immigration issues” because of Tucson’s vicinity to the border.
Magnus publicly slammed the Trump administration’s policy to penalize “sanctuary cities” that refused to collaborate with federal authorities, claiming that the policy undermined connections between law enforcement and migrant communities and that this was what would make cities more vulnerable.
He also received national recognition when a photo of him in Richmond, California, went viral in December 2014. At the time, he was holding a Black Lives Matter sign while in uniform. He later claimed that his action sent a message the police department needed to build bridges and strengthen relationships with persons of color.
Ur Mendoza Jaddou, an immigration specialist, was also very anti-Trump. She served as chief counsel to USCIS during the Obama administration. Most lately, she was director of the non-profit Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Watch, which was critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
DHS Watch is a project of America’s Voice, which supports “freedom and opportunity for” illegal immigrants, including undocumented minors, in America. America’s Voice states that its priority goal is to “win reforms that put 11 million undocumented Americans on a path to full citizenship.”
The number of illegal aliens trying to cross the southern border has exceeded record highs under the Biden administration, which is facing mounting demand to settle the issue.
Last month, Border Patrol apprehended 172,000 illegal aliens, according to CBP data. Among those, 18,600 were unaccompanied minors—the largest monthly number ever recorded. An additional 1,000 per day is estimated to have evaded capture.
Biden picked Vice President Kamala Harris to lead diplomatic attempts to address the “root causes” of the surge in illegal immigrants, and “work with those nations [El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras] to accept the returnees and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s “border czar” Roberta Jacobson announced her retirement last week.
Among Biden’s Wednesday appointments, John Tien, an Asian American, was chosen as Deputy Secretary of DHS; Jen Easterly as head Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency; Jonathan Meyer as the DHS General Counsel; and Robert Silvers as DHS Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans.