Dec 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate confirms Chris Magnus to lead Customs and Border Protection

Chris Magnus appears before a United States Senate Committee on Finance hearing to consider his nomination to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on October 19

Chris Magnus during a Senate hearing in October in Washington, D.C. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images)

The Senate confirmed President Biden's choice to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, in a 50-47 vote on Tuesday evening.

Why it matters: Magnus is the first person confirmed to the role since 2019. It comes as the Biden administration seeks to address the record number of migrants arriving at the southern border. He'll be the first openly gay person in the role, per the New York Times.

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