The vote was 50-47, with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine voting in favor of Magnus.
Magnus, who served as police chief in Tucson, Arizona, will inherit an company of greater than 60,000 workers, placing him in control of the most important federal legislation enforcement company and the second-largest revenue-collecting supply within the federal authorities. Customs and Border Protection hasn’t had a Senate-confirmed chief since 2019.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Chief Magnus has the right qualifications for this position,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, mentioned Tuesday on the Senate flooring. “His range of experience in law enforcement all over the country makes him an ideal pick to lead an agency with tens of thousands of employees staffing more than 300 points of entry to the US.”
Magnus acknowledged the problem earlier than him throughout his nomination listening to in October, saying: “More than a few colleagues, friends and family members have asked me, ‘What are you thinking?’ Why would I choose to take on the important but challenging responsibility of leading CBP at this moment?”
“I want to make a difference,” he mentioned.
As head of the company, Magnus might be accountable, partly, for managing two controversial Trump-era border insurance policies which have been saved in place or reimplemented underneath the Biden administration.
“As a paramedic for 10 years public health has always been one of my top concerns, and because of that I think it’s absolutely imperative that we do everything possible to stop the spread of Covid. And Title 42 is a CDC authority, and I think it helps with this,” Magnus mentioned through the listening to.
Career official Troy Miller has led Customs and Border Protection in an appearing capability since Biden took workplace in January. Several high profession officers on the company who had served within the Trump administration both left or had been pressured out after Biden entered workplace, making the change in management much more notable.