(RoyalPatriot.com )- Chris Magnus, the outgoing commission of Customs and Border Protection, said farewell to members of his agency earlier this week in what seemed like an attempt to boost morale within the agency.
The Daily Caller New Foundation obtained an internal email from CBP that showed what Magnus said.
The agency is facing an overwhelming wave of illegal immigrants who are crossing through the U.S. southern border with Mexico, nearly two years now after President Joe Biden entered the White House.
In the email, Magnus told agency personnel that they shouldn’t believe “morale’s the worst it’s ever been” at CBP.
Magnus further said that a few days before he ended up resigning from his post, he was instructed by Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that he needed to resign or Biden would fire him.
Still caring about the people he’s leaving behind at CBP, Magnus emailed agency members:
“I challenge you not to give into the mantra of, ‘Morale’s the worst it’s ever been.’ When we work together to make things better, help each other step away from cynicism, and focus on the many things we do well, that’s when our collective morale improves.”
In fiscal year 2022 alone, border authorities working for the federal government encountered about 2.3 million immigrants at the U.S. southern border with Mexico, which is a record number.
Early last year, the CBP went out and hired a person to be a “suicidologist” for the agency, since they were facing a huge increase in suicides by agents, according to a previous report from the Washington Examiner.
In 2022, at least 11 people who worked for the CBP died by suicide, which was the highest number in one year since back in 2009, a year that saw 14.
One agent from CBP who’s stationed at the border with Mexico anonymously was very critical of the Biden administration, telling DCNF:
“This administration continues to crumble what’s left of morale and is taking the U.S. Border Patrol to irreparable levels of destruction. Standing behind someone has now taken a different meaning. Trust in leadership has been cheapened.”
Politico reported previously that CBP officials had complained about the job Magnus was doing. He reportedly fell asleep while working, talked down about other officials, didn’t foster good relationships either within or outside of the agency that would’ve addressed the crisis at the border, and didn’t even attend meetings with the White House that were focused on border issues.
In his email to agents, Magnus said he faced many “complexities” while he served with CBP. He wrote:
“My thanks to the many people who’ve been patient with me while I’ve learned the many complexities of this job, and who’ve helped me in so many ways. I consider myself very, very fortunate.
“So, no matter what component of CBP you are a part of, please know this: As your commissioner, I’ve appreciated you a great deal.”