President Biden’s border security czar has been given an ultimatum: Resign or be fired.
Chris Magnus, the head of US Customs and Border Protection, is being forced out of his job as the number of illegal border crossings surged to record highs in fiscal year 2022, sources told The Associated Press on Friday.
Magnus, 61, said in a statement to the LA Times that he was refusing to step down after being asked Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to consider his position.
“I am excited about the progress I made and look forward to continuing that work,” Magnus said.
A record number of migrants — 2.4 million — were were stopped at the US border with Mexico in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a 37% surge from a year earlier.
The news comes just weeks after Politico reported that Magnus was missing or sleeping through key meetings on the ongoing border surge.
With Post wires