Top Biden border official Chris Magnus locked out of Twitter account after refusing to resign

Chris Magnus
FILE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus speaks during an interview in his office with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Washington. Magnus has many challenges to overcome in his new role as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In the interview, Magnus acknowledged morale problems within the nation’s largest law enforcement agency but offered no quick answers to the heavy migration flow to the U.S., which attracts more asylum seekers than any other country. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Patrick Semansky/AP

Top Biden border official Chris Magnus locked out of Twitter account after refusing to resign

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The Biden administration’s top border official has refused the Department of Homeland Security secretary’s order to resign amid the worst border crisis in America’s history, according to a new report.

Chris Magnus, the former chief of police in Tucson, Arizona, and President Joe Biden‘s pick to run the 60,000-person U.S. Customs and Border Protection federal agency, sent a letter Friday to select senior staff that stated DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Deputy Secretary John Tien had asked him to quit, according to the New York Times.

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“I have no plans to resign as C.B.P. commissioner,” read the letter obtained by the newspaper.

Mayorkas told Magnus that he had lost confidence in his ability to perform his job, he wrote. Both Mayorkas and Tien said that if Magnus did not voluntarily leave, he could be the first political appointee in the Biden administration to be fired by the president.

The endangered commissioner said he planned to show up at work on Monday.

But DHS has not wavered in its decision to force him out. Magnus disclosed in the letter that CBP had already locked him out of his official Twitter account as CBP commissioner Friday.

Two senior CBP officials, including one at Washington headquarters, told the Washington Examiner Friday afternoon that the letter Magnus wrote was not sent to rank-and-file agents in Border Patrol, whose employees make up one-third of CBP.

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The Washington official said not all of management at headquarters received the message.

Magnus, 62, is the first gay commissioner of CBP.

CBP and DHS did not respond to requests for comment.

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