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    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas inveighed against the Trump Administration's immigration policy during an appearance in the White House briefing room Monday it took apart the immigration system 'in its entirety.' Mayorkas said the administration 'tore down' systems in place for Central American minors and 'gutted' the system overall – even as he acknowledged there is currently a 'stressful challenge' at the border, as waves of migrants continue to try to make it into the U.S. despite the administration's urgings.  'I have explained that quite clearly. We are challenged at the border. The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, are meeting that challenge,' Mayorkas said. 'It is a stressful challenge. That is why, quite frankly we are working as hard as we are not only in addressing the urgency of the challenge, but also in building the capacity to manage it, and to meet our humanitarian aspirations...
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas declared Monday there is no crisis on the southern border, despite a growing number of migrants and unattended minors crossing into the United States. “I think the answer is no,” Mayorkas said when asked by a reporter if there was a crisis on the border. “I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.” Mayorkas appeared at the White House press briefing on Monday with press secretary Jen Psaki to address the growing number of questions about Biden’s handling of the border. In January 2021, Border Patrol agents apprehended 5,871 unaccompanied minors — up from 4,995 in December 2020. One reporter noted 200 migrant children cross the border every single day, as border officials estimate a peak of 13,000 children in the month of May. When confronted with the numbers, Mayorkas...
    The Biden administration will allow separated migrant families the option of being reunified either in the United States or their county of origin, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Monday.  'We are hoping to reunite the families, either here or in the country of origin. We hope to be in a position to give them the election,' Mayorkas said during the daily White House press briefing.  If the families choose to be reunited in the United States, the administration would look to help them remain in the country.  'If, in fact, they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States, and to address the family needs, so we are acting as restoratively as possible,' he added.  The Biden administration will allow separated migrant families the option of being reunified either in the United States or...
    More On: migrants Surge of 13,000 Central American minors to US border expected in May ‘Kids in cages’ being taught in class, WH says, as schools remain closed Biden’s ‘kids in cages’ prove his hypocrisy on immigration AOC slams Biden administration for reopening Texas facility to hold migrant children Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas blamed the Trump administration for the current crisis at the southern border Monday, saying that they “dismantled our nation’s immigration system in its entirety.” Speaking to reporters at a White House press briefing, Mayorkas referenced President Trump by name and targeted his policies to kick off his remarks. “Let me explain to you why [fixing the broken immigration system] is hard and why it is going take time. I think it is important to understand what we have inherited because it defines the situation as it currently stands. Entire systems are not rebuilt in a day...
            by Debra Heine  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has introduced a plan to “reorganize”  ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations to the point where it will no longer be about enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, the Washington Times reported. The Cuba-born Mayorkas floated this plan to essentially “abolish ICE” last week during a telephone conference call with agency personnel in Texas, according to the Times’ sources, who claimed Mayorkas proposed “taking members of the country’s 4,000-strong deportation force off the streets and converting them into criminal investigators.” ICE announced on Monday that it is “implementing interim operating guidance that will temporarily govern its civil immigration enforcement and removal operations, until Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issues new enforcement guidelines for the Department.” Mayorkas is reportedly expected “to issue new enforcement guidelines in less than 90 days, after consultation with Department personnel and external stakeholders.” Deportation officers told the Times that the move would...
    The Biden administration will begin allowing Central American asylum seekers who had been forced to remain in Mexico into the United States to have their claims heard. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that starting Feb. 19, the thousands of migrants who had been forced to wait in Mexico for months under the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols will be allowed into the U.S. for processing. Approximately 25,000 asylum seekers have open, undecided cases and will be brought in. “As President Biden has made clear, the U.S. government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values. Especially at the border, however, where capacity constraints remain serious, changes will take time." This is a developing story. News Biden Administration Joe...
    (CNN) –– El terrorismo interno es «una de las mayores amenazas» para Estados Unidos, dijo a CNN este miércoles el nuevo secretario de Seguridad Nacional, Alejandro Mayorkas. El funcionario subrayó que la amenaza persiste. «Ver la insurrección, los espantosos hechos del 6 de enero, no solo fue personalmente devastador. También creó en mí un compromiso de redoblar nuestros esfuerzos, de combatir el odio. Y de combatir una de las mayores amenazas que enfrentamos actualmente en nuestra patria, que es la amenaza del terrorismo interno», dijo Mayorkas en una entrevista con Ana Cabrera, de CNN, que se transmitió en el programa «The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer». Senado de EE.UU. confirma a Alejandro Mayorkas como secretario de Seguridad Nacional, el primer latino e inmigrante en ese cargo Mayorkas tomó juramento al cargo este martes. Es el primer secretario de Seguridad Nacional confirmado por el Senado en casi dos años. Ahora deberá...
    The political process of confirming President Joe Biden’s nominees to various government agencies has begun. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell must now go back to doing what he does best, obstructing while not legislating. It’s a remarkable thing that a man can be elected to a position in our country’s legislative branch, for decades, without ever really doing much legislating besides the very unpopular tax cuts for the rich. On Tuesday, McConnell went to the floor of the Senate to tell the world that he planned on voting against the confirmation of Biden’s choice to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas. "He does not deserve Senate confirmation to lead Homeland Security. Frankly, his record should foreclose confirmation, even to a lower post." This is not a surprise as Mayorkas received no Republican votes back in 2013, when then-President Barack Obama nominated him to become deputy Homeland Security secretary. The only two DHS...
    (CNN) — El Senado de EE.UU. votó este martes para confirmar a Alejandro Mayorkas como secretario de Seguridad Nacional, el primer latino e inmigrante en dirigir ese departamento. Este cargo desempeñará un papel fundamental en la nueva administración y se espera que comience rápidamente a revertir las políticas de inmigración de la administración Trump mientras hace malabarismos con la respuesta a una pandemia global y amenazas a la seguridad nacional, junto con la restauración de un departamento que ha sido sacudido por el cambios de liderazgo y vacantes en los últimos años. El Senado también votó el martes para confirmar a Pete Buttigieg como secretario de transporte, convirtiéndolo en el primer secretario del gabinete LGBTQ confirmado por el Senado. La confirmación de Buttigieg eleva al exalcalde de South Bend, Indiana, y candidato presidencial demócrata de 2020, a un puesto superior en el gobierno federal. La elección convierte a un candidato...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday as President Joe Biden's homeland security secretary, the first Latino to fill a post that will have a central role in the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, a sweeping Russia-linked cyber hack and domestic extremism.Mayorkas was confirmed by a 56-43 vote, the narrowest margin yet for a Biden Cabinet nominee. The first immigrant to serve in the job, he is expected to lead a broad policy overhaul of an agency that was accused of being deeply politicized as it carried out President Donald Trump's initiatives on immigration and law enforcement.Mayorkas is a former federal prosecutor who previously served as a senior DHS official. His nomination was stalled in the Senate by Republicans who wanted to question him further on Biden's plans for immigration policy. He also faced questions over his management of an investor visa program under President Barack Obama.Biden's...
    Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be director of Homeland Security, speaks as President-elect Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, November 24, 2020.Joshua Roberts | Reuters WASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday to lead the nation's Department of Homeland Security, making him the first Latino to hold the role. The Senate voted 56 to 43. His ascension to the agency's top role comes less than four weeks after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and as the nation struggles to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The agency, which was created on the heels of the 9/11 attacks, oversees border security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity and disaster relief. Mayorkas' confirmation was stalled last week when some Republicans argued that Biden's nominee was not properly vetted on pressing immigration issues. On Thursday, Mayorkas' nomination advanced a...
    Alejandro Mayorkas was narrowly confirmed as President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. The Senate voted to confirm Mayorkas by a 56-43 vote. Despite being one of Biden’s first Cabinet nominees to receive a hearing and multiple Democrats’ push for him to be quickly confirmed, Mayorkas’s vote was held up by Republicans on multiple occasions. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley said that he would block an expedited vote after Mayorkas refused during his hearing to commit $1.4 billion in appropriated funds towards former President Donald Trump’s border wall, and last week Republicans said that they would filibuster his confirmation vote. Mayorkas is expected to continue rolling back immigration policies adopted by Trump but will be tasked with juggling the simultaneous responses to the pandemic and heightened risks to national security following the Capitol riot. (RELATED: Mayorkas: ‘New Immigration System’ Is Necessary) Mayorkas previously served as...
    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as President Biden's homeland security secretary, making him the first immigrant to hold the position -- despite opposition from a number of Republicans to his nomination. Mayorkas, a former head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and deputy Homeland Security secretary, was confirmed 56-43. MCCONNELL RIPS DHS NOMINEE MAYORKAS FOR CREATING AN 'UNETHICAL FAVOR FACTORY FOR DEMOCRATIC ROYALTY' He takes control of the department at a time when it faces the challenge of the continued threat of violence in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots in Washington D.C., as well as the implementation of sweeping immigration changes by the Biden administration. Last month, DHS implemented a 100-day moratorium on deportations of illegal immigrants, but it was immediately hit by a legal challenge from Texas. Biden has ended the Trump-era travel bans and stopped construction of a border wall. He has also proposed...
    The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, positioning him to carry out President Biden's immigration agenda. The vote was 56-43. Mayorkas, a veteran of the Obama administration, will be the first permanent leader of the 250,000-person department in nearly two years. A slew of Republicans voted against Mayorkas, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced Mayorkas in a vote last week, with only Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah joining Democrats to support the nominee. Johnson, who chaired the committee for six years until last month, voted against Mayorkas over "issues" regarding a DHS inspector general report on Mayorkas's behavior toward employees and the appearance of favorable treatment to Democratic politicians. While at DHS, the DHS Office of Inspector General accused...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayokras, has dodged questions about his intervention as head of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to help wealthy foreign nationals secure EB-5 visas, a letter entered into the Senate record claims. In a January 15 letter to Mayorkas, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) alleged that the former USCIS chief has not been transparent about his role and involvement in a series of EB-5 visa cases. Mayorkas was reported by multiple USCIS staffers for intervening in three specific EB-5 visa cases where foreign investors had been denied visas. In 2015, Obama’s DHS IG John Roth documented the inappropriate actions. The EB-5 visa program allows wealthy foreign nationals to claim to invest at least $900,000 in U.S. development projects in order to receive green cards for themselves and their families with eventual pathways to American citizenship. Grassley, who began...
    EXCLUSIVE: Former Obama and Bush-era homeland security secretaries on Tuesday urged the Senate to "swiftly" confirm Alejandro Mayorkas to lead DHS, saying "any further delays" will "hinder" the country’s ability to respond to national security risks.Former DHS secretaries for former President George W. Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and former DHS secretaries for former President Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson, penned a letter Tuesday to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging them to "promptly consider and confirm" Biden’s nominee. BIDEN'S DHS PICK MAYORKAS ADVANCES OUT OF COMMITTEE "In the wake of the January 6th domestic terror attack on the Capitol—the symbol of our nation’s democracy—it is more urgent than ever to have in place an experienced, capable and Senate-confirmed leader," they wrote. "That person is Mayorkas." The four former homeland security secretaries pointed out that in the past four years, DHS...
    The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Alejandro Mayorkas as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, sending his nomination to the Senate floor. The committee voted 7-4 on Tuesday in favor of Mayorkas, who worked at DHS for two terms during former President Barack Obama's administration. Republicans Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Rob Portman of Ohio voted broke with their party and voted in support of Mayorkas. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who chaired the committee for six years until Tuesday, voted against Mayorkas over "issues" regarding a DHS inspector general report on Mayorkas's behavior toward employees and the appearance of favorable treatment to Democratic politicians. "You had some real serious issues here that simply can't be ignored," said Johnson. "I've only had a good working relationship with Mr. Mayorkas as deputy secretary of DHS and hope to work with him in good...
    President Biden has nominated Alejandro Mayorkas to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who will take a key role in the closely watched area of immigration policy. Here is what to know about Mayorkas: BIDEN DHS NOMINEE MAYORKAS SAYS ICE SHOULD NOT BE DEFUNDED, DESPITE ICE CALLS Born in Cuba Mayorkas was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to California as a child. If confirmed, he would be the first immigrant to serve as head of the Department of Homeland Security. "My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism and to provide me with the security, opportunity, and pride that American citizenship brings to each of us," he said in his opening statement at his confirmation hearing. Former federal prosecutor  Mayorkas trained as a lawyer before eventually working as assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California. He was later nominated by...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, says he “would be privileged” to help congressional Democrats and Republicans pass an amnesty for the 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Mayorkas said he is onboard with Biden’s plans to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens so long as they are in the U.S. by January 1, 2021. “I would be privileged to work with Congress to pass immigration reform legislation that provides that path and provides a permanent solution to what is clearly a broken system,” Mayorkas said when asked about the plan. As part of Biden’s plan, millions of illegal aliens who are enrolled and eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be able to immediately obtain green cards, as well...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, defended himself from Senate Republicans' questions about allegations that he abused his power while at the DHS during the Obama administration. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, opened the hearing with questions into multiple findings by the DHS inspector general that he said were “concerning.” The DHS inspector general found that in three incidents, Mayorkas communicated with applicants or their sponsors in a way that was not normal and "intervened" in career United States Citizenship and Immigration Services staff's reviews of applications, Portman said. The report stated that Mayorkas did not follow normal procedures for deciding the cases and personally redecided cases that had been decided unfavorably. When asked by Republicans about the three incidents, Mayorkas admitted to getting involved in “hundreds” of cases that had been denied....
    Incoming Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wouldn't say if he had plans to tear down portions of President Donald Trump's border wall.  'I haven't looked at that specific question,' Mayorkas told members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee during his Tuesday confirmation hearing.    Mayorkas was asked by Nebraska Republican Sen. James Lankford if he recommended 'any of the physical barriers along our southern border be dismantled or removed.'  President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, told members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday that he hadn't 'looked into the specific question' of tearing down portions of President Donald Trump's border wall  DHS Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas said he prescribed to the same thinking on the border as the late Sen. John McCain, explaining that he believed it was a 'varied and diverse challenge' and didn't need a 'monolithic answer' such as a wall...
    During his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, would not commit to not tearing down existing border wall built by President Trump’s administration. Mayorkas, when questioned by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), said he had not yet “looked at” the specific issue when asked whether he would take a sledgehammer to “physical barriers along our southern border.” Citing the former Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Mayorkas suggested that a wall across the entire United States-Mexico border was not necessary, to which Lankford agreed. Biden has vowed to stop all construction of border wall. The exchange went as follows: LANKFORD: Would you recommend any of the physical barriers along our southern border be dismantled or removed? [Emphasis added] MAYORKAS: Senator, I haven’t looked at that specific question, I will share with you the fact that I agree with the approach...
    President-elect Joe Biden's Homeland Security secretary pick will likely face questions during a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday over an appeal he made to help secure a controversial sentence commutation for a convicted drug dealer whose father was a major Democratic Party donor. A former U.S. attorney, Alejandro Mayorkas, approached the White House in late 2000 under President Bill Clinton on behalf of Carlos Vignali, a convicted drug trafficker who prosecutors said was a lead figure in a drug ring with nearly three dozen members that stretched from California to Minnesota. Federal prosecutors opposed a commutation. Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Josh Hawley of Missouri are expected to query Mayorkas about his appeal to Clinton. Vignali's father, Horacio, an affluent real estate developer and major donor to California Democrats, leveled a six-year campaign to free his son, persuading nine or more important political figures to petition the White House...
    Former Obama administration official Alejandro Mayorkas is speaking before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Mayorkas was nominated to be the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by President-Elect Joe Biden after serving in the agency during the Obama administration. John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
    (CNN)Alejandro Mayorkas will appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday to be considered for secretary of Homeland Security. Read excerpts from his opening statement as prepared: "I am honored to appear before you as the Nominee to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. It would be the greatest privilege of my life to return to the Department and lead the nearly 240,000 men and women who dedicate their talent and energy to the safety and security of our Nation. ...The principles of homeland and security have been tremendously important in shaping my life. My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism and to provide me with the security, opportunity, and pride that American citizenship brings to each of us. I was raised to appreciate each day what this country has meant for our family, and the...
    The donor class is urging a quick confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday for Mayorkas’s confirmation hearing. The former Obama administration official has the backing of corporate special interest groups and billionaire donors who regularly lobby to inflate the United States labor market via immigration to cut U.S. wages. “He was also a key resource for the business community during his tenure as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Suzanne Clark said in a statement. “As Secretary, Mayorkas would on day one be a seasoned contributor to the Biden administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Clark then stated, “The Chamber strongly supports the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas.” Executives with the Chamber of Commerce, in statements this month, said they are interested in...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s intended nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, described the U.S. immigration system as “broken" and called for the creation of a new one to stimulate the economy as it recovers from the pandemic. At a virtual summit meant to spur congressional action on immigration reforms in the new year, the Obama-era DHS appointee said the economy relies on both legal and illegal immigrants working in the United States, and the country could create more jobs, raise wages, and grow the economy by unveiling a "new immigration system." “Our immigration system is badly broken, and we all know it,” Mayorkas said in Zoom remarks before the American Business Immigration Coalition. “The cost of that broken system is incalculably high. It represents a profound toll not only on families seeking to contribute to our nation and forge their own American dream but on our...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is welcome news for America’s law enforcement community. Mayorkas — who served as deputy secretary of DHS under President Barack Obama — is the experienced, level-headed leader the department needs to get back on track.  Mayorkas’ well-documented commitment to collaborating with state and local law enforcement is an important signal that he’s ready to work with communities in developing the safest, most effective immigration policies. As the police chief in Houston, I know how important it is for federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to collaborate on issues involving immigration. BIDEN SAYS HE'LL PUSH 'PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR OVER 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE' IN FIRST 100 DAYSMore from Opinion Ali Noorani: Immigrants made America great — time to end four years of demonizing and denouncing them Ali Noorani: Trump should let DACA recipients become...
    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) produced a scathing report on former Vice President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security if he is inaugurated as president, including reports that Alejandro Mayorkas ignored asylum fraud while serving as director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services under Barack Obama. “A damning December 2015 GAO report found that FDNS asylum fraud prosecutions rarely, if ever, occurred during the Mayorkas years,” the CIS analysis said. “It found that half of the eight USCIS field divisions had referred either one fraud case to U.S. attorney’s offices from 2010 to 2014 or none at all.” “One office reported that not a single referral had been accepted in the prior two years,” CIS reported. “Another reported that its U.S. attorney had accepted no asylum fraud referrals since 2010.” If Biden is sworn in, Mayorkas’ nomination will be reviewed by the Senate’s homeland defense committee, likely...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KABC) -- President-elect Joe Biden's selection to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has deep roots in Los Angeles.Mayorkas' family fled Cuba when he was a year old and then settled in Los Angeles. Prior to that, his mother's family fled Nazis in Europe.Mayorkas attended Beverly Hills High School and then Loyola Marymount High School.Mayorkas has a lengthy resume in government, serving as U.S. attorney in Central California, then director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, before being promoted to deputy secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama. He was charged with overseeing DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.Michael Waterstone, the dean of Loyola Marymount law school, said Biden's choice is an excellent one."I know that he is someone whose personal experience as a refugee makes him appreciate the challenges that noncitizens face, and what I think everyone acknowledges is a broken...
    PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden nominated Cuban lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Biden announced his cabinet picks on Tuesday as he prepares to transition into the White House ahead of his inauguration in January. 7Alejandro Mayorkas will be the first Latino immigrant serving as the secretary of the Department of Homeland SecurityCredit: (c) Christy Bowe- ImageCatcher News Who is Alejandro Mayorkas?  Alejandro Mayorkas, 61, is a Cuban-American attorney who served as the deputy secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security from 2013-2016. He is also a partner of the firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr and practices litigation, cybersecurity, and crisis management. In 2019, Latino Leaders Magazine named him one of the 101 most influential leaders in the nation's Latino community. 7Mayorkas was announced as Biden's cabinet pick on Tuesday Credit: Getty Images - Getty What will Alejandro Mayorkas do as secretary of homeland security? ...
    WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/CNN) – President-Elect Joe Biden has picked Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban-American, to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas was born in Havana. When his parents fled, they came to Miami first. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino-American and immigrant nominated as Secretary of the department. Mayorkas worked at DHS under the Obama administration. His nomination signals an intent to bring experienced leadership to the third-largest federal department after years of instability. The announcement was immediately met with praise from immigrant advocates and Democratic lawmakers, as well as former and current officials who have expressed concern over the politicization of the department from some of its top leaders. Over the last four years, the rotating acting leadership at DHS has disrupted some of President Donald Trump’s actions, including a second attempt to curtail the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s also contributed to unpredictability...
    Getty Alejandro Mayorkas. Alejandro Mayorkas is a former Obama administration official who has been nominated by president-elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Homeland Security. The Biden-Harris transition team on Monday, November 23, announced Mayorkas as the cabinet’s future Secretary of Homeland Security, a “key role at the helm of anticipated efforts to undo President Trump’s flurry of immigration changes,” according to CBS News. Under the Biden-Harris administration, American national security and foreign policy will be led by experienced professionals ready to restore principled leadership on the world stage and dignified leadership at home. Read more: https://t.co/ojrTxrzafV — Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 23, 2020 “We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy. I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said he is nominating Alejandro Mayorkas, a former Obama administration official, to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a key role at the helm of anticipated efforts to undo President Trump's flurry of immigration changes.  Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who arrived in the U.S. as a political refugee, would be the first immigrant secretary and first Latino to lead the department, a bureaucratic juggernaut with more than 240,000 employees responsible for border and transportation security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity, natural disaster response and other law enforcement functions. "When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge. Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones," Mayorkas said on Twitter. Get Breaking News...
    President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban American immigrant, to be his secretary of homeland security. If confirmed, Mayorkas will be the first Latino to lead the department, which crafts and enforces U.S. immigration policy as part of its broader mission. [ READ: Biden to Tap Tony Blinken for State ]He will take over an agency that critics say has become increasingly politicized under President Donald Trump. The department has in the last four years targeted immigration – Trump's signature issue – with near-singular focus, enacting more than 400 policy changes that have had the broad effect of restricting both illegal and legal immigration and decimating the existing U.S. asylum system. Mayorkas served as a top official in the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, and his experience with immigration policy signals that the issue will continue to be a priority for the agency under Biden. Biden has...
    Alejandro Mayorkas will be the first Latino to run the Homeland Security Department and Avril Haines will be the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence, while former Secretary of State John Kerry has been tapped as climate czar and a member of the National Security Council, President-elect Biden’s transition team announced Monday. Mayorkas and Haines mark the first Cabinet announcements from the incoming commander-in-chief, who will require Senate approval in order to serve in the posts. Mayorkas served as deputy Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to 2016. He would also be the first immigrant to serve in the role. During his tenure under the Obama-era DHS, he led the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Haines, meanwhile, has worked under Biden for over a decade. She served under President Obama as a principal deputy national security advisor from 2015-2017. She also...
    Alejandro Mayorkas will be the first Latino to run the Homeland Security Department and Avril Haines will be the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence, while former Secretary of State John Kerry has been tapped as climate czar and a member of the National Security Council, President-elect Biden’s transition team announced Monday. Mayorkas and Haines mark the first Cabinet announcements from the incoming commander-in-chief, who will require Senate approval in order to serve in the posts. Mayorkas served as deputy Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to 2016. He would also be the first immigrant to serve in the role. During his tenure under the Obama-era DHS, he led the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Haines, meanwhile, has worked under Biden for over a decade. She served under President Obama as a principal deputy national security advisor from 2015-2017. She also worked...
    President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced Monday afternoon plans to nominate Obama-era official Alejandro Mayorkas as its pick for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The 60-year-old was born in Havana, Cuba, and if he is confirmed, will be the first immigrant and Latino to head the third-largest federal department. Mayorkas was the deputy secretary of DHS during the final four years of the Obama administration and led the agency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during President Obama's first term. The Senate unanimously confirmed him to his USCIS post in 2009, indication that he may be a shoo-in for the position after the Trump administration struggled for four years to keep a confirmed official atop the department. Mayorkas oversaw the creation and implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an executive action that permits illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to...
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