As of April 10, according to internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data reviewed by Breitbart News, the Biden administration has released more than 31,000 border crossers and almost 11,000 family units into the US interior since January 23.
President Biden will nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, a longtime critic of Trump-era immigration policies, to oversee Customs and Border Protection, according to a report in the New York Times. Those names include John Tien for Deputy Secretary, Jen Easterly for Director of Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Ur Jaddou for Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Jonathan Meyer for General Counsel and Robert Silvers for Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy and Plans. He has been a counterweight to hardline voices in the Border Patrol union and the Arizona Legislature.
Magnus criticized President Trump's immigration policies in a 2017 op-ed piece in the Times. "It's 60,000 professionals and the last thing they need are people who are more interested in using their Twitter account or going on Fox News". The officers involved resigned, and Magnus said he would have fired them.
Magnus offered to resign previous year when a young Hispanic man, Carlos Ingram-Lopez, died in police custody and the department failed to inform the public for months. Mayor Regina Romero publicly supported Magnus.
"In each of these cities Chief Magnus developed 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", the official said in a statement.
Magnus offered to resign as Tucson police chief previous year after a man died in police custody in an incident in which he said he could not breathe after being handcuffed and restrained face down.
Magnus has opposed efforts to declare Tucson a "sanctuary city" where undocumented immigrants could stay with little fear of being apprehended by federal border patrol agents. Both positions require Senate confirmation and were run by acting leaders under former President Donald Trump, repeatedly drawing criticism from Congress. The Biden administration has continued to turn back adults under a public health order issued under Trump at the start of the pandemic.
Biden, a Democrat, has eased many of his Republican predecessor's restrictive immigration policies, halting the construction of a border wall and refusing to expel unaccompanied migrant children who cross the U.S. -Mexico border.
Biden has maintained that the border is closed to immigrants, but Republicans accuse him of triggering one of the biggest migrant surges in the last 15 years, with USA agents taking more than 172,000 border crossers into custody in March.