Biden will nominate Tucson, Arizona chief of police Chris Magnus, a Trump critic, to lead customs and border protection (CBP)
Joe Biden appoints a Trump critic to lead customs and border protection as the government has signed an agreement with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to place troops on their borders to help stop the flood of migrants fleeing to the US.
‘We have made agreements to deploy more troops on their own borders. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have agreed to do this. That is not only going to prevent the human traffickers and the smugglers and cartels who abuse the children on their way here, but also to protect those children, ” Tyler Moran, the Domestic Policy Council’s special assistant on immigration, told MSNBC Monday. . of the new deals.
Moran has said nothing about a possible deal with El Salvador, which, together with Guatemala and Honduras, makes up the Northern Triangle.
The deal comes after Vice President Kamala Harris was named border guard last month.
Harris has come under a lot of criticism for not yet visiting the Southern Border or any of the Northern Triangle countries or holding events related to her new role.
Since then, the White House has withdrawn from its position. The White House maintains that Harris’ goal as a borderline is to address the root causes of migrants fleeing in droves from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Along with the new agreements, Biden is also looking to fill in his team tackling the border crisis as he plans to appoint Chief of Police in Tucson, Arizona, Chris Magnus, to the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), a White House , to lead. official said Monday.
Biden’s government has struck a deal with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras for more troops to secure their own borders to stop the massive flow of migrants fleeing those countries to the US.
Unaccompanied minors who were in a caravan on their way to the US in March were apprehended at a checkpoint in Honduras near the border with Guatemala
Central American families wait in line to be processed by border patrol agents after entering the US through Mexico
Parents hold their children in Roma, Texas after arriving in the US from Central America
Magnus is very critical of Trump’s harsh immigration policy. His appointment requires confirmation from the Senate.
In a 2017 op / ed in The New York Times, Magnus Trump and his then Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized for their stance on immigration.
The harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric and reckless policies of Mr. Sessions ignore a fundamental reality common to most good cops and prosecutors, ”Magnus wrote at the time. “If people are afraid of the police, if they fear that they will be separated from their families or harshly questioned on the basis of their immigration status, then they will not report crimes or act as witnesses.”
Magnus also refused last year to accept homeland security subsidies provided to local police forces for border enforcement because Trump did not allow his money to be used for humanitarian aid.
The government official also revealed that Biden plans to appoint Ur Jaddou to head US citizenship and immigration services.
In a press release Fox News reported will air Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wrote: “I am delighted that President Biden has nominated an extraordinary group of individuals for critical leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security.”
They are highly regarded and experienced professionals with deep experience in their respective fields. Together, they will help advance the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to ensure the safety and security of the American people. ‘
The vice president has had at least one phone call with the president of Guatemala since she took on the government’s response to the immigration crisis.
“We’re tackling the reasons people are from the region,” Moran continued to MSNBC Monday morning. ‘This is very important. If you only focus on our border, you don’t mean why people actually come to our border. The president has a blueprint and he’s working on it with the vice president. ‘
CBP data shows that the number of migrants’ border crossings at the US-Mexico border will be much higher in 2021 than in 2020, when there was a decline. The numbers also show that March has seen the highest number in recent US history in terms of illegal crossings
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the Northern Triangle countries have migrated through Central America to the US-Mexico border in recent years.
March brought the highest number of illegal crosswalks to date into the US
Aside from customs and border protection and immigration and customs enforcement officers, US agencies have asked for help from the Red Cross and NASA to address the growing problem.
Since taking office, Biden has also not yet visited the border or the Central American countries from which immigrants migrate.
Several legislators, on both sides of the aisle, have traveled to the southern border, denouncing the conditions of the storage and processing facilities as ‘inhuman’, ‘horrific’ and ‘barbaric’.
Republican House Whip Steve Scalise denounced Biden’s border policy as “ child abuse ” when he shared footage of the border this weekend – including one of a migrant facility 16 times its capacity.
“How could President Biden and Kamala Harris let this go on and not even come here and see it for themselves?” questioned the House Minority Whip during a press release at the border. ‘It is a shame.’
‘We entered a facility – in the midst of a pandemic – designed to house no more than 250 people. Today there are more than 4,000 people, ”Scalise continued as he was joined by a group of 10 other Republican lawmakers.
The southern border has quickly turned into the biggest obstacle and failure of the Biden government.
Last month, Harris was appointed by Biden as the focal point for the government’s response to the crisis, particularly to address the root causes in the Northern Triangle countries that have led to large numbers of migrants fleeing to the US.
In the nineteen days of the vice president responsible for the growing immigration crisis, not once has she visited the southern border or Central American countries from which migrants travel.
Scalise knocked down Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for not yet visiting the southern border amid a growing humanitarian crisis there
He shared a video from a facility in Donna, Texas, where migrant children are stuffed together on the floor of a clear pen with only Mylar blankets to comfort them.
Critics have criticized Harris for traveling the country for other reasons, such as promoting the US $ 1.9 trillion bailout plan and urging Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine.
On Saturday, Scalise shared a video on Twitter about the massive overcrowding at the migrant processing facility in Donna, Texas.
“I visited Donna’s processing facility yesterday,” he wrote, claiming, “These are the videos Joe Biden and Kamala Harris don’t want you to see.”
“This is the devastating result of their disastrous left-wing immigration agenda,” Scalise tweeted.
He urged his followers, ‘RT so everyone can see what they are trying to hide.’
“This is child abuse.”
The images in the video show children crammed together in a clear pen, most of which lie on the floor of the facility with only mylar blankets for comfort.
To complicate the changing situation, White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson announced after only a month in her position that she will resign at the end of April.