Biden’s enormous hiccup on immigration last week was immediately corrected and hopefully he doesn’t get cold feet again, reverting back to a politics where Democrats act in fear of Republicans and attempt to mollify them to go no purpose.
President Biden is preparing to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, selecting a critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies to run the country’s largest federal law enforcement agency as it contends with the biggest increase in migrants arriving at the southwest border in two decades.
Magnus has led the Tucson police department since 2016 and has prominently associated himself with the movement favored by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that emphasizes a less-aggressive, community-based policing model.
Magnus opposed efforts to make Tucson a “sanctuary city,” but he generally eschewed cooperation with federal immigration authorities, placing him at odds with the Border Patrol union — and many of the agents and officials who will potentially be under his command.
The Border Patrol’s union officials called him “an ultraliberal social engineer who was given a badge and a gun by the City of Tucson,” in a 2018 Facebook post.
Magnus is a member of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force, which is a partner to the National Immigration Forum and says on its website that local police should not be involved in federal immigration enforcement.
Gil Kerlikowske, who was CBP commissioner during Obama’s second term, praised the selection of Magnus.
“I’ve known him a long time,” Kerlikowske said. “He’s a strong leader, thoughtful and quiet, which is exactly what CBP needs. I couldn’t be happier for the organization.”
Magnus is the son of an immigrant from Oslo and grew up in Lansing, Mich. He started his law enforcement career in Michigan before going on to serve as police chief in Fargo, N.D., and Richmond, Calif. He would be the first openly gay Customs and Border Protection commissioner.
I don’t know much about the guy outside of this article. But he certainly has the right enemies. With the Border Patrol this furious and hating this guy with such fervor, it’s certainly a good sign for those of us who aren’t fascists.