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President Biden’s choice to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will face scrutiny from senators at his confirmation hearing next week, and immigration hawks are raising concerns about whether they will police with Federal Immigration Enforcement. What opposers of the collaboration called their “downright dangerous” record.

Chris Magnus, a police chief in Tucson, Arizona, was named in April by Biden to lead the agency that oversees the Border Patrol and is the agency on the front lines of guarding America’s borders. His confirmation hearing is set for Tuesday and a special investigation is underway because of the brutal and ongoing crisis at the southern border.


Biden’s CBP nominee defends sanctuary cities, criticizes police working with immigration officials

Due to its proximity to the Tucson border, Magnus was described as having “extensive experience in addressing immigration issues”.

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“I am excited that President Biden has nominated an extraordinary group of individuals to key leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas. “They are highly respected and accomplished professionals with deep experience in their respective fields. Together they will help advance the mission of the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the safety and security of the American people. I stand with the Senate in their support. Look forward to working. Quick confirmation.”

However, that experience has also raised opposition from immigration hawkers, who are pointing to their support of policies that call for internal immigration enforcement as well as their opposition to stricter border policies by the Trump administration. While CBP is not directly involved in internal enforcement, Hawks is concerned that his nomination is another step in what he describes as “open border” policies.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the restrictive Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), obtained documents from Magnus’s time serving as police chief in Richmond, California, which he described as the city’s “sanctuary city”. Working to implement. policies as it pertains to the Richmond Police Department.

“Sanctuary city” policies forbid most cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials. This means that most detainees – ICE requests that local police departments apprehend an illegal immigrant and transfer them into their custody so that they can be deported from the country – are ignored. Proponents argue that such policies encourage illegal immigrants to work with the police and report crimes, but critics say such policies allow criminally illegal aliens to be released back onto the streets.

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IRLI obtained documents created or amended during his tenure that outlined how officials were denied compliance with ICE detainer requests, not allowed to inquire about immigration or citizenship status and should not participate in most immigration-related enforcement.

In a 2012 email, Magnus sent out a nearly set of guidelines: “This amendment brings us into compliance with Richmond’s ‘Sanctuary City’ policy and makes our Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) non-cooperation policy more clear, ” They said.

He told officials, “There may be specific circumstances relating to certain gang cases involving our special investigation personnel working with ICE officers, when a deviation from this policy would be authorized, but these exceptions may be made by one of the chiefs.” should be authorized.”

While Magnus was not the author of the policy, and was bringing his department in line with current city policy, other emails show him sharing one in 2015. Article Warning against changing sanctuary city laws in the wake of Kate Steinel’s death by an illegal immigrant – calling the article “relevant” and making a “strong point”.

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His support of sanctuary city policies would continue in the Trump administration, which sought to crack down on those policies by withholding grants — Tucson, Arizona, is not strictly a sanctuary city, but Magnus said it would “take it.”[s] Proud to welcome immigrants.”

“As the police chief here, I am deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s campaign against ‘sanctuary cities,’ which refuses to hand over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities,” Magnus wrote in 2017. New York Times Op-Ed, in which he criticized the administration’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” and “reckless policies”.

“Tucson has come too far to jeopardize reforms that strengthen the relationship with the public we serve,” he said. “Justice Department grants and other federal aid funded through our taxes should not be tied to immigration policies.”

Also in 2017, Magnus’s police department protested directives from then-Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly to prioritize enforcement actions for criminal illegal immigrants, allowing local police to help deport those people. which he encountered.

“Engaging the local police with additional immigration enforcement responsibilities will seriously affect our ability to maintain the trust and support of our diverse community,” Magnus said. Arizona Republic. “If any of our residents believe that reporting a crime, seeking assistance, or working with the police to make their neighborhood safer will result in unconstitutionally prolonged detention or deportation, our The community becomes less secure.”

In 2020, Tucson Has taken back The Trump administration will not allow some money from a grant program to fund police departments cooperating on border security after the Trump administration is used to aid migrants.

Magnus’ status will not set him apart from his potential allies at Biden’s DHS, which has withdrawn internal enforcement and issued guidance saying a person’s illegal status alone should not be the factor driving them into deportation. But IRLI and FAIR say that Mayorka may be fit, but lawmakers should not approve her nomination.

“Secretary Meyerkas may have been right when he referred to Chris Magnus as a ‘highly respected and accomplished professional with deep experience,'” RJ Haumann, head of government relations for FAIR, told Granthshala. “Not only is he highly respected by open border activists and illegal aliens, he has a long track record opposing immigration enforcement.”

“While this may be a perfect resume in the eyes of the White House, it is unqualified and downright dangerous,” he said, before referring to the failed nomination to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “Senators on both sides must put their money where their mouths are to address the border crisis and ensure that the Magnus nomination meets the same fate as David Chipman.”

Meanwhile, Magnus has dismissed claims that he is biased on immigration-related issues.

“Sometimes it’s frustrating how all these issues can become hyperpartisan, but I want to say from the start, I’m no thinker and I want to make a difference in things,” Magnus said. new York Times in April.

Granthshala News’ Avi Fordham contributed to this report.