This is going well.
Chris Magnus was sworn in less than a year ago in December. Now Mayorkas wants him gone.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus, who has clashed with immigration officials over how to handle an influx of migrants at the southern border, has lost the confidence of his bosses and has been asked to resign or be fired, according to three current and one former Department of Homeland Security officials.
Magnus was told on Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that he should either resign or be dismissed and, so far, the CBP chief has refused to step down, according to the four people.
Some executive assistant commissioners at CBP have indicated they would leave the agency if Magnus does not resign, according to one of the current DHS officials and the former DHS official.
Mayorkas has since shifted Magnus’ duties and responsibilities to his deputy secretary, John Tien, and has deputy CBP commissioner Troy Miller, a career government official, running the agency’s day-to-day operations, according to three of the people.
One of the current officials said all CBP decisions now must first go through the DHS front office. In addition, all of Magnus’ direct reports are reporting to Tien and Miller, according to one of the other officials.
Don’t get the idea that this is about policy. Team Biden is a strictly open borders shop.
And, between you and me, political clashes are much often more about personalities and power struggles than about policy.
But Biden has been blaming Mayorkas for the border crisis, now Mayorkas is blaming Magnus
“I want to make this clear: I have no plans to resign as CBP Commissioner,” Magnus said in a written statement to The Washington Post. “I didn’t take this job as a resume builder. I came to Washington, DC — moved my family here — because I care about this agency, its mission, and the goals of this Administration.”
The key part of that sentence is, “moved my family here”.
Magnus got a high profile role and he’s refusing to take a walk of shame and is gambling that this administration is so dysfunctional and Mayorkas so unpopular that he can win a standoff. Either way though the border will stay open.
Magnus is a bad messenger which makes him useful for amplifying tensions and discrediting the Biden administration and its open borders policy. CBP people want someone less extreme. Biden’s people might want a better manager and salesman, but if you pick enough unpleasant identity politics radicals and the party kicks up a notch.