Biden names a Border Patrol veteran in Texas to be the agency’s next chief

President Biden has appointed 27-year Border Patrol veteran Jason Owens as the agency’s next chief.

Leadership transition: Owens will assume office when current Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz steps down at the end of the month.
* Ortiz announced his retirement following the expiration of Title 42 pandemic border restrictions last month.

Owens’ experience: Currently, Owens leads the Border Patrol’s sector in Del Rio, Texas, which has become one of the busiest parts of the border in recent years.
* He took over as head of the Del Rio sector in late 2021, shortly after thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, crossed the border into Del Rio.
* Owens previously served as sector chief in Maine and led the Border Patrol academy in New Mexico.

What to expect: Owens will be the third chief to lead the Border Patrol and its workforce of roughly 19,000 agents under Biden and the 26th overall.

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