DHS Head Asleep on the Job Quits Upon Being Forced Out

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America’s southern border has unraveled at record pace under the Biden Administration. There have been 18 consecutive months of over 150,000 illegal border crossings and in just 2022 alone, over 10,000 pounds of deadly fentanyl seized among America’s 18 ports of entry, with the record two million crossings that same year . In September of this year, CBP is encountering up to 8,000 illegal immigrants each day with no signs of that slowing down as long as Democrats are in charge.

Joe Biden’s so-called “Border Czar,” Vice President Kamala Harris, is nowhere to be found down there, and the President’s US Customs and Border Commissioner Chris Magnus is literally asleep at the helm. It’s no question as to why this disaster at the border ensues, with no regard for the damage it’s doing for our country.

In an effort to appear as though they’re doing damage control, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security head Alejandro Mayorkas ordered Magnus to leave or be fired. Perhaps it’s the first action toward resolving this overwhelming border crisis, or it’s infighting and finger-pointing to pass the blame onto others overseeing this massive issue. Either way, they’re all to blame and more definitely has to be done before this crisis decimates our country.

Meanwhile, Magnus is taking action after being forced out and he’s not going down without a fight.

US Customs and Border Commissioner Chris Magnus has quit his position after being asked by DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas top leave or be fired, Zero Hedge reported.

Magnus told the LA Times that the request was reiterated by DHS #2 John Tien.

“I expressed to him that I felt there was no justification for me to resign when I still cared deeply about the work I was doing and felt that that work was focused on the things I was hired to do in the first place,” Magnus told the Times in a Friday interview.

Magnus, a former police chief ‘who is known as a progressive law enforcement leader,’ said he will not comply with the request.

“I am excited about the progress I made and look forward continuing that work,” he told the outlet.

The one thing that Republicans seem to agree on with Mayorkas, is demanding Magnus resign, effective immediately, namely after lawmakers filed complaints against his poor job performance, citing reports he has fallen asleep during meetings.

Under Magnus’ watch, a record 2.3 million migrants were encountered by CBP in fiscal year 2022.

“Based on a recent report by Politico, U.S. CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus has been sleeping on the job – literally. It is unacceptable for someone in such a critical position to skip high-level meetings because of his sleep schedule. America’s top border official is prioritizing naps over national security. Magnus has been snoring through the skyrocketing border crossings since he got the job. Under his supervision, we’ve seen record-breaking border crossings month after month,” said Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in a statement to the Daily Caller.

According to Magnus, Mayorkas said he had lost confidence in him.

On Tuesday, Magnus ignored an order from Mayorkas not to attend a meeting of Border Patrol chiefs in El Paso.

“After me making extensive attempts to reach [Mayorkas] and discuss the matter, I went to the meeting so I could engage with the chiefs on various issues and concerns,” Magnus said. “I also met with Chief Ortiz to see how we might best work together moving forward.”

Last week, Politico reported on the mounting frustrations from both sides of Magnus’ job performance.

As migrant encounters along the southern border continue to set records, frustration is mounting inside the Biden administration with the head of Customs and Border Protection.

Five current administration officials who work with CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus portrayed him as unengaged in his job, saying he often doesn’t attend White House meetings on the situation on the border, badmouths other agencies to colleagues and superiors, and has not built relationships within CBP and across other agencies to address the influx of migrants at the border. They complain he is unfamiliar with some of the operations of CBP and instead is focused primarily on reforming the culture of the Border Patrol, addressing its long list of allegations of racism and violence.

Some of the officials believe Magnus hasn’t prioritized addressing the high number of migrants attempting to cross the border, but instead has continually tried to shift blame to other agencies. As an example, two of the five current administration officials said Magnus brought his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, pages of grievances about Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While CBP is responsible for securing U.S. borders at and between ports of entry, ICE is the agency responsible for arresting and detaining undocumented people within U.S. borders.

After a trip earlier this year to the border to meet with his Border Patrol colleagues, Magnus asked for an emergency meeting with Mayorkas and other senior DHS officials, during which he listed complaints about ICE that he’d gathered during tour stops from the Border Patrol’s rank and file, according to one of the five administration officials, who was familiar with the meeting.

“He’s not in the game,” said another one of the administration officials. “Every time there’s a meeting and he’s in it, we’ll get to a conclusion and Magnus will have some sidebar issue that he wants to raise and we’re all like ‘What the fuck is that about?’”

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