Top Border Official Ousted, Torches Biden on Way Out

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A few months ago, Chris Magnus gave notice of his resignation as commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection. According to reports, he was forced out and tried to take the credit for many of the mistakes made at the southern border by Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

“The President has accepted the resignation of Christopher Magnus, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. President Biden appreciates Commissioner Magnus’ nearly forty years of service and the contributions he made to police reform during his tenure as police chief in three U.S. cities. The President thanks Mr. Magnus for his service at CBP and wishes him well,” a statement by Biden’s White House read.

After joining a group that advocates for police reform, Magnus has posted a number of not-so-subtle jabs about the ongoing immigration problem online and lost no time criticizing the Biden administration.

He recently wrote, “Susan Rice, Kristjen Nielsen,” in reference to an article regarding the forced labor of immigrant children and how the Biden administration “ignored warnings.”

“Over the past two years, more than 250,000 migrant children have come alone to the United States. Thousands of children have ended up in punishing jobs across the country — working overnight in slaughterhouses, replacing roofs, operating machinery in factories — all in violation of child labor laws, a recent Times investigation showed. After the article’s publication in February, the White House announced policy changes and a crackdown on companies that hire children,” the article stated,” according to the report.

In March, he tweeted about the border crisis in a similar way.

“Sadly-right on point,” Magnus tweeted in response to a Los Angeles Times article that described how President Biden’s administration is putting forth a new plan that is similar to one implemented by the Trump administration. The article’s main argument was that people who cross the border without authorization should not be able to easily apply for asylum in the United States.

Magnus shared a New York Times article from February titled “Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S.,” which described the “record numbers” of immigrants who entered the country under the Biden administration and how many of them were employed in “dangerous jobs that violate child labor laws.”

The NYT piece describes a traumatic experience for many immigrants once they arrive in the nation, despite the fact that it generally downplays the historic rise in immigration that the Biden administration has brought about.

“These workers are part of a new economy of exploitation: Migrant children, who have been coming into the United States without their parents in record numbers, are ending up in some of the most punishing jobs in the country, a New York Times investigation found. This shadow work force extends across industries in every state, flouting child labor laws that have been in place for nearly a century. Twelve-year-old roofers in Florida and Tennessee. Underage slaughterhouse workers in Delaware, Mississippi and North Carolina. Children sawing planks of wood on overnight shifts in South Dakota,” the article stated,” according to the story.

The Times did add that 2021, Biden’s first year in office, saw the start of this new epidemic.

The story also briefly mentions how since Biden assumed office, illegal aliens trying to enter the country have wreaked havoc on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Largely from Central America, the children are driven by economic desperation that was worsened by the pandemic. This labor force has been slowly growing for almost a decade, but it has exploded since 2021, while the systems meant to protect children have broken down,” the article continues. “The number of unaccompanied minors entering the United States climbed to a high of 130,000 last year — three times what it was five years earlier — and this summer is expected to bring another wave.”

“These are not children who have stolen into the country undetected. The federal government knows they are in the United States, and the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for ensuring sponsors will support them and protect them from trafficking or exploitation. But as more and more children have arrived, the Biden White House has ramped up demands on staffers to move the children quickly out of shelters and release them to adults. Caseworkers say they rush through vetting sponsors,” the report adds.

In order to deal with the anticipated flood of hundreds of thousands of migrants as Title 42, the public health decree put in place during the pandemic that permitted the deportation of migrants expires on May 11th, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) announced the formation of a new task group on Monday.

The governor updated Texans on the impending disaster in the Rio Grande during a press conference on Monday morning, according to KVIA, which was held at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Up to 10,000 National Guardsmen and 1,200 members of the Department of Public Safety would be sent to the border in the coming days, the governor declared.

The formation of a new task force, the “Texas Tactical Border Force,” as part of this deployment will include carefully chosen soldiers of the Texas National Guard who will be sent to “hot spots” along the 1,254 miles of the state’s border with Mexico.

With over 13,000 expected every day, this task force will be tasked with stopping, discouraging, and turning back any migrants trying to enter the state.


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