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Biden Nominates 1st Latino and Immigrant to Head DHS

Alejandro Mayorkas was the Department of Homeland Security's deputy secretary during former President Barack Obama's term.

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President-elect Joe Biden announced this week he intends to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security, making him the first Latino and immigrant chosen to do so. The Cuban American was deputy secretary of DHS under former Secretary Jeh Johnson and the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during former President Barack Obama’s term. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Mayorkas will also oversee other agencies that include Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service. Many immigrant advocacy groups supported Biden’s selection despite high deportation rates under Obama’s DHS. NBC News 

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