The Washington Examiner reports that the Biden administration has forced a senior law enforcement official from his position with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), the latest in a series of shakeups designed to obtain greater alignment between the president’s immigration policies and the personnel on the ground.
According to two sources close to the situation, the decision to push CPB Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez from his post as the number-two official at the agency was made by political appointees with the Department of Homeland Security.
Rising to the position back in July of 2018, Perez – a 29-year veteran of federal law enforcement – had been charged with overseeing immigration, trade operations, travel, and national security matters at sea, air, and land borders, the Examiner noted.
Though Biden administration officials initially tried to transfer Perez to a local office in Tucson, Arizona, something which represented a clear demotion, he has instead decided to retire from the government altogether.
According to the Examiner, Perez is expected to be replaced by Troy Miller, who has been tasked with handling CPB commissioner duties since late January. Miller previously served as field operations director for the CPB office in New York.
Though Miller was believed to be serving in a temporary capacity, he has played a pivotal role in implementing many of the immigration policy changes that began almost immediately upon Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this year.
Miller was responsible for issuing the controversial memo in which employees of federal agencies involved in immigration and border enforcement were ordered to cease use of the terms “alien,” “illegal alien,” and “assimilation” when referring to undocumented or other arrivals to the country, as the Examiner reported separately.
In place of those terms, the memo continued, agents were instructed to begin using “migrant” or “noncitizen” in place of “alien,” “integration” instead of “assimilation,” and “undocumented” rather than “illegal.” Miller wrote at the time about the agency’s new approach, “We enforce our nation’s laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact. The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody.”
However, given the shockingly overcrowded conditions in which migrants have been kept throughout the recent surge, which even far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has referred to as “inhumane,” “horrifying,” and “barbaric,” the supposed “dignity” conferred by this administration appears to come merely through words, not deeds.