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Border chief: GOP governors are “lying” to migrants, worsening crisis

Chris Magnus, the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Gov. Ron Desantis and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey are “lying” to migrant families about housing, job opportunities and other support they will receive once they’re in the northern cities.

Magnus pushed back on Republican claims that an influx of asylum seekers was causing “chaos” on the southern border. He defended Border Patrol’s work, saying that federal agents are working with migrants as they arrive. “People across the country should know that it’s not chaos here,” Magnus said. “People that are coming into our custody here are then processed, and many of them are seeking asylum. So if some of them are released into the country, they’re doing so legally. They still have a date to appear for an asylum hearing.”

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