Biden chooses new head of border agency amid surge in migrants

Migrant Centers, USA / AP

US President Joe Biden will nominate Chris Magnus, the chief of police for the city of Tucson, Arizona, to head the US Customs and Border Protection Office, The New York Times reported today.

Magnus was a critic of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Their appointment must obtain confirmation from the US Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, it would enter into a political challenge facing the Biden administration regarding how to handle a record number of border crossings that are expected to increase in the coming months, the newspaper said.

The United States is expected to have about 2 million migrants at the southern border by the end of fiscal year 2021, a record since 2010, according to internal government estimates.

Biden will also nominate Jen Easterly, head of resilience at Morgan Stanley and a former senior official with the National Security Agency, to head the cybersecurity division of the Department of Homeland Security. / Xinhua

 

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