Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas, First Latino And Immigrant To Lead DHS

Written by on February 2, 2021

The Senate voted Tuesday to substantiate Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden’s nominee to steer the Division of Homeland Safety. Mayorkas, a Cuban American, turns into the primary Latino and first immigrant to function secretary of DHS, an company tasked broadly with securing the nation from threats. 

Fifty-six senators voted in favor of affirmation, with 43 senators opposed.

Beneath Donald Trump’s administration, DHS acquired extra intensely concerned in immigration points, with then-DHS heads Kirstjen Nielsen, Kevin McAleenan and Chad Wolf overseeing the method of separating South and Central American households hoping to enter america by way of the southern border.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration introduced a process pressure to assist determine and unite the greater than 500 immigrant kids nonetheless separated from their households attributable to Trump’s efforts. Mayorkas is about to steer the duty pressure, which is able to embrace officers from his company, the State Division and the Division of Well being and Human Companies.

Biden named Mayorkas, who held two high-ranking posts at DHS within the Obama administration, as his decide for secretary in late November. Mayorkas beforehand served as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies and later as deputy secretary of homeland safety.


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