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Temporary DHS Intelligence Head Steps Down as Biden Appointee Still Awaits Confirmation

Plus: Temporary DHS intelligence head steps down as Biden appointee still awaits confirmation

Fisayo Okare

Apr 04, 2022

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a call.

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The acting head of Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division, John Cohen, will step down this month as President Biden’s appointee, Kenneth Wainstein, awaits confirmation. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas commended Cohen for being “one of our nation’s foremost national security experts.” Cohen will head to a new private center focused on fighting disinformation by foreign intelligence services, terrorist groups, and criminal organizations. If Wainstein is confirmed to lead the intelligence unit, he’ll become the top intelligence official at DHS, which has not had a Senate-confirmed leader since David Glawe left in May 2020. CNN

In other federal immigration news…

Biden’s Party Worries About His Immigration Policies as Title 42’s End Looms

Democrats are growing wary of the Biden administration’s plan to end the Title 42 public health order in May, saying more time is needed to establish an adequate plan to handle a resultant uptick in migrant crossings. “To do something that might invite a doubling, tripling, quadrupling of numbers at the border, that is not in the best interest of America,” Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said. “That is not in the best interest of the administration, or the people who are trying to go through the process.” Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia also said that Biden needs to reconsider the decision entirely, plan a good migration policy, and secure the borders. CNN

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

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