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US names new Border Patrol chief after Title 42 lifted

The Government of the President of the United States, Joe Bidenannounced this Friday the appointment of Jason Owens as the new head of the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP), in charge, among others, of ensuring security on the border with Mexico after the lifting of the Title 42.

In a statement, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)Alejandro Mayorkas, reported the appointment of Owens, replacing Raul Ortiz.

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Mayorkas also announced the appointment of Pete Flores as CBP Deputy Commissioner, replacing Benjamin “Carry” Huffman.

In the note, Mayorkas noted that in the past he has worked with Owens, whom he described as “a talented, selfless and inspiring leader, who is dedicated to the law enforcement mission of the Border Patrol.

Until now Owens has served as the person in charge of the CBP in the Del Rio sector, Texas, and has been with this agency for twenty years.

The newspaper The Wall Street Journal He recalled this Friday that during his tenure as head of the Del Río sector, there was a shooting in Uvalde (Texas), where 19 children and two teachers lost their lives in May 2022 by shots from an 18-year-old boy.

The massacre ended after agents of the CBP They will confront the perpetrator of the attack and end his life.

Owens took office in November 2021, months after thousands of Haitians tried to cross the border from Mexico near Del Rio, a small southwest Texas border town, where they were blocked for days under a bridge until their cases were processed or they were expelled.

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The “disturbing” images of that episode were disseminated, as described by the US authorities, in which agents of the Border Patrol mounted on horseback harassed migrants.

Previously, Owens was a sector chief on the northern border of USAin the Houlton, Maine area, and head of the academy of the Border Patrol in Artesia, New Mexico. He has also been stationed at various points along the border with Mexico, such as Laredo, Río Grande and McAllen, among others.

Owens takes office after Ortiz retires later this month after managing last May’s uprising of the Title 42a health rule by which the US has been expelling migrants expeditiously under the pretext of the pandemic.

His mission will be to supervise security operations on the border of USAwhich includes almost 2,000 limit miles with Mexico (about 3,218 kilometers), 6,000 miles (about 9,656 kilometers) with Canada and hundreds of nautical miles of coastline, among others.

Since it ceased to apply in May the Title 42 detentions of migrants at the southern border of USA are down 70%, the DHS reported Tuesday.

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Source: Elcomercio

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