ARIZONA NEWS

Joe Biden officially nominates Tucson police chief to lead US border agency

May 12, 2021, 11:09 AM

PHOENIX – President Joe Biden on Wednesday sent the nomination of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the Senate for confirmation.

The move comes a month after the White House said Biden planned to nominate Magnus, who’s been leading the Tucson Police Department since 2016.

At the time, both of Arizona’s U.S. senators expressed their support for Magnus.

Troy Miller has been serving as senior official performing the duties of the commissioner of the border agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, since Biden appointed him to the interim role in January.

Magnus was an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and in 2015 testified before then-President Barack Obama’s task force on 21st century policing on best practice models for community policing.

Customs and Border Protection has more than 60,000 employees and is responsible for securing the border and enforcing immigration laws. The Border Patrol is part of CBP.

Magnus leads an 800-member police force in Tucson, which calls itself an “immigrant welcoming community” and has changed police policy to minimize the ability for officers to enforce immigration laws.

Magnus offered to resign last year when a young Hispanic man, Carlos Ingram-Lopez, died in police custody and the department failed to inform the public for months. The officers involved resigned, and Magnus said he would have fired them. Mayor Regina Romero publicly supported Magnus.

He was previously the police chief in Richmond, California, and Fargo, North Dakota. Magnus held a Black Lives Matter sign during a protest in Richmond, photos of which went viral in 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County prosecutors consider charges against Sinema protesters

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said it is reviewing recommended charges submitted against activists who confronted U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a bathroom two weeks ago.
8 hours ago
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a portrait at his private office in Fountain Hi...
Associated Press

Maricopa County to pay $5M to owner whose restaurant was raided by Arpaio

Maricopa County officials approved a $5 million settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights during a 2014 investigation.
8 hours ago
(Grand Canyon University photo)...
Griselda Zetino

Grand Canyon University offers new program for students with disabilities

Grand Canyon University is offering a new program meant to help students with disabilities develop social and job skills.
8 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Tucson Police Department)...
Torrence Dunham

Police group leader says Tucson vaccine mandate will increase staffing issues

Just over 50 Tucson police officers face getting a COVID-19 vaccine or a pink slip in December after the council voted Tuesday to fire unvaccinated city employees, a move a law enforcement association says would devastate services police provide.
8 hours ago
ADOT photo...
KTAR.com

US 60 to close between Superior, Miami Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The route will be closed as crews further remove the old Pinto Creek Bridge, requiring motorists to take alternate routes.
8 hours ago
(Adolfson & Peterson Construction photo)...
KTAR.com

Construction completed on new field house for Williams Field High School in Gilbert

Construction has wrapped up on a new field house for Williams Field High School sports teams, giving coaches and student-athletes at the Gilbert school updated amenities.
8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Schwartz Laser Eye Center

How to sharpen your vision with elective procedures

Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and being able to see clearly. You wouldn’t have to wait to put on glasses or contacts, and there would be no more blurry showers nor forgetting where your glasses are.
...
Sweet James

Best fall road trips to take on a motorcycle

Autumn in Arizona brings the beauty of color-changing leaves and a relief from summer heat. It’s one of the most pleasant times to explore the outdoors, especially on a motorcycle.
...
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

More stroke patients eligible for acute treatment, thanks to research

Historically, patients underwent acute stroke treatments according to strict time guidelines. But thanks to recent advancements in stroke research, more patients are becoming candidates for clot-busting drugs and endovascular therapy at specialized centers like Barrow Neurological Institute.
Joe Biden officially nominates Tucson police chief to lead US border agency