President Biden is preparing to nominate Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, selecting a critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies to run the country’s largest federal law enforcement agency as it contends with the biggest increase in migrants arriving at the southwest border in two decades.

Magnus has led the Tucson police department since 2016 and has prominently associated himself with the movement favored by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that emphasizes a less-aggressive, community-based policing model.

Gil Kerlikowske, who was CBP commissioner during Obama’s second term, praised the selection of Magnus.

“I’ve known him a long time,” Kerlikowske said. “He’s a strong leader, thoughtful and quiet, which is exactly what CBP needs. I couldn’t be happier for the organization.”

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