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Top Customs And Border Official Resigns Effective Immediately

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A top official in President Joe Biden’s administration has resigned after he was threatened to be fired.

Chris Magnus, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, handed in his his resignation in a press release on Saturday.

“The President has accepted the resignation of Christopher Magnus, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  President Biden appreciates Commissioner Magnus’ nearly forty years of service and the contributions he made to police reform during his tenure as police chief in three U.S. cities.  The President thanks Mr. Magnus for his service at CBP and wishes him well,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Magnus said he was resigning “immediately” in the letter that was shared by the White House.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Senate confirmed Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the past year. It has been a privilege and honor to be part of your administration,” he said. “I am submitting my resignation effective immediately but wish you and your administration the very best going forward. Thank you again for this tremendous opportunity.”

CNN reported.

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Magnus had been asked to resign by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. He submitted his resignation to Biden on Saturday, which is effective immediately.

Magnus has been criticized internally for being out of touch with the agency and publicly for the handling of the US-Mexico border. During his tenure, officials have told CNN they believed Magnus seemed disengaged and wasn’t joining some internal meetings at a critical time for the agency.

The resignation comes after Magnus had said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on Friday that he planned to stay at the agency.

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

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has called out President Joe Biden and his beleaguered Homeland Security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing them of being dishonest about immigration and border enforcement policies.

In an interview with Fox News, Moody said she has proof that Mayorkas lied to Congress about the disastrous results of his border policies while also claiming that Biden is aware of it.

She accused the president of “unconscionable cover-up” of immigration and border policies, adding that documents she obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that Biden understands his reckless policies are enriching cartels and failing the homeland.

“Mayorkas testified under oath to Congress, and I showed last week that that was a lie when he said the policies were not affecting this historic illegal immigration into our country,” she said.

“And now we have uncovered through Florida’s litigation that not only does Biden understand that the transnational criminal organizations are facilitating, organizing and profiting millions from the illegal immigration into our country,” Moody, a Republican, added.

“They also understand with the cancelation of Title 42, – and this is, in CBP’s words – ‘there will be significant safety implications,’” she said.

“We have lawyers right now in court arguing for safety purposes,” Moody continued before mocking Biden’s “Disinformation Czar” Nina Jankowicz.

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“Now you’ve brought in someone with a ‘spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down’ on the American public,” she said.

“It should be no surprise that the Biden administration has seen the results of their disastrous actions and are trying to cover it up with a disinformation board—led by ‘Mary Poppins’ and her ‘spoon full of sugar’ to obfuscate their dangerous dereliction of duty,” Moody noted in a Twitter post containing a video of her interview.

Regarding Title 42, a federal judge is expected to rule any time in a lawsuit involving some two dozen GOP attorneys general, including Moody, who are attempting to bar the Biden administration from ending the rule.

Fox News reports:

Judge Robert Summerhays of the Western District of Louisiana heard arguments Friday about the request for a preliminary injunction on the Biden administration’s plan to end Title 42 May 23.

The public health order, enacted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel a majority of migrants at the southern border.

Republicans and some Democrats have warned that the already massive numbers of migrants being encountered at the border could surge if the order is lifted. It will also lead to significantly more migrants being released into the country, they say. The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged this possibility, saying it is preparing for up to 18,000 migrants a day once the order drops.

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