Cuba-born Alejandro Mayorkas has been named by President-elect Joe Biden as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, SecurityInfowatch.com reports.
“Mayorkas, who was born in Havana, attended the University of California, Berkeley,” Infowatch advises, “and began working for the government as an assistant United States attorney in the Central District of California, specializing in white-collar crime, according to the Biden transition announcement. He became the youngest U.S. attorney in the country.
“Under the Obama administration, Mayorkas was a primary architect of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and a primary negotiator of the thaw in then-frozen U.S.-Cuban relations. Both DACA and the opening to Cuba have been primary political targets for President Donald Trump and his Republican Party.”
“”We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” Biden said in a statement Monday. “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 the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team.”