The U.S. Senate voted 50-47 to confirm former Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to be the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Key Points:

  • Magnus will be CBP’s first Senate-confirmed commissioner since April of 2019.
  • Over the course of a career in law enforcement, Magnus served in various ranks in the Lansing Police Department in Lansing, Mich., before serving as police chief in Fargo, N.D., Richmond, Calif., and then Tucson, Ariz.
  • When President Joe Biden announced Magnus’ nomination, the White House said that Magnus had a “reputation as a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability.”

Additional Information: The Senate has now confirmed four of Biden’s appointments to key immigration posts: Magnus; Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security, Ur Mendoza Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); and Rena Bitter as Assistant Secretary of State, Consular Affairs. The Senate is expected to vote on Biden’s pick for director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ed Gonzalez, soon.

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