Biden's Guy To Enforce Border Law Is A Known Rule-Breaker

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 18 October 2021 23:45

President Biden's pick to head Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will face scrutiny from senators at his confirmation hearing next week, and immigration hawks are raising concerns regarding what they call his "downright dangerous" record opposing police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

In April, Chris Magnus, a police chief in Tucson, Arizona, was chosen by Biden to lead the agency that manages Border Patrol and is the agency at the frontlines of defending America's borders. His confirmation hearing is set for Tuesday and is attracting particular scrutiny due to the ferocious and continuing disaster at the southern border.

Magnus was described as having "extensive experience in addressing immigration issues" because of Tucson's close proximity to the border.

"I am excited that President Biden has nominated an extraordinary group of individuals for critical leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated as Magnus and a host of other nominations were announced earlier this year. "They are highly regarded and accomplished professionals with deep experience in their respective fields. Together they will help advance the Department of Homeland Security's mission to ensure the safety and security of the American people. I look forward to working with the Senate in support of their swift confirmation."

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However, that experience has further raised opposition from immigration hawks, who are pointing to his support of policies that demand non-compliance with interior immigration enforcement and his opposition to stricter border policies by the Trump administration. While CBP is not directly involved in interior enforcement, hawks are concerned that his nomination is another move to what they describe as "open border" policies.

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The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the limitations Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), obtained documents from Magnus' time serving as police chief in Richmond, California, that reveal him working to implement the city's "sanctuary city" policies as it related to the Richmond Police Department.

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"Sanctuary City" policies forbid most cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. It means that most detainers -- ICE requests that local police departments hold and transfer an illegal immigrant into its custody so they can be removed from the nation -- are overlooked. Proponents claim that such policies encourage illegal immigrants to work with police and report crimes, but critics note that such policies allow the release of criminal illegal aliens back onto the streets.

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In a 2012 email, Magnus sent around one set of guidelines: "This revision brings us into compliance with Richmond's 'Sanctuary City' policy and further clarifies our Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) non-cooperation policy," he stated.

"There may be specific circumstances related to certain gang cases involving our Special Investigations personnel working with ICE officers when deviations to this policy will be authorized, but these exceptions must be authorized by one of the chiefs," he told officers.

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