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.”

Just a few months after Biden took workplace, Customs and Border Protection was overwhelmed by a surge of unaccompanied children arriving on the southern border. In September, hundreds of migrants arrived on the Texas border city of Del Rio, the place they gathered in squalid circumstances underneath a bridge whereas awaiting processing within the US.
US Border Patrol, a division of Customs and Border Protection, made nearly 1.66 million arrests over the previous fiscal 12 months for illegal crossings on the US-Mexico border, the best annual variety of apprehensions on file.

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.

During his October listening to, Magnus voiced support for the general public well being order often known as Title 42, which permits border officers to swiftly take away migrants encountered on the border, a coverage launched by Trump administration in response to the pandemic. The coverage has been criticized by immigrant advocates and Democratic lawmakers for largely barring migrants from searching for asylum on the US southern border.

“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.

On Monday, the Biden administration relaunched the Trump-era border policy often known as “Remain in Mexico,” restarting a program that enables officers to ship non-Mexican migrants to Mexico to await their US immigration court docket hearings. Biden had pledged to finish this system, however a federal decide in Texas ordered the administration to revive it.
Magnus’ nomination had initially been delayed by Wyden, who requested extra info from DHS concerning the Portland protests final 12 months. Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma later put a maintain on DHS nominations, together with Magnus’, whereas searching for solutions on immigration-related points.

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.