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Biden to nominate former Fargo Police chief to lead customs and border agency

Chris Magnus, called a "maverick for pushing progressive changes" by The New York Times, was chief of Fargo Police from 1999 until 2006.

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Tuscon Police Chief Chris Magnus was chief of Fargo police between 1999 and 2016. Special to The Forum
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden intends to nominate two critics of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies to key positions in his administration, a White House official said on Monday, April 12, signaling a continued push to ease Trump's restrictions on migration.

Biden will tap Chris Magnus , the chief of police in Tucson, Ariz., to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency charged with border security and facilitating legal trade and travel, the official said.

Magnus, called a "maverick for pushing progressive changes" by The New York Times , was chief of Fargo Police from 1999 until 2006.

He served in the Lansing, Mich., Police Department, and was police chief in Richmond, Calif., before landing in Tucson, Ariz., the White House official said.

"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 last year over the death of a man in custody who said he could not breathe after he was handcuffed and restrained face down. The Tucson city manager rejected his resignation offer.

Biden also will nominate Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which handles immigration paperwork and processing.

The Democratic president has reversed many of his Republican predecessor's immigration policies. Biden's immigration actions have pleased his Democratic base but outraged many Republicans, who accuse him of encouraging illegal immigration as the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border has soared in recent months.

Magnus and Jaddou must be approved by the Senate, which is narrowly controlled by Democrats. The chamber is divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

The New York Times first reported the nominations.

During the Trump administration, Jaddou worked for the Washington-based immigrant advocacy group America's Voice as director of DHS Watch, a project that sought to uphold transparency and accountability at the Department of Homeland Security and frequently criticized Trump's policies.

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