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November 23, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on President-Elect Biden’s Plan to Nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead DHS

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news President-elect Biden plans to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to be Homeland Security Secretary:

“I commend President-elect Biden for his pick of Alejandro Mayorkas to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security. He is a seasoned leader and veteran of DHS who will undoubtedly be ready on Day One. His immigration and cybersecurity experience, together with his significant management experience, make him uniquely qualified to build DHS back better after years of neglect and being used as a political weapon by President Trump. Mr. Mayorkas will need our support with what will certainly be a full plate: from the rise of domestic terrorism and the coronavirus pandemic to cyber threats to our infrastructure and the fallout from the Trump Administration's failed border and immigration policies. I urge the Senate to act expeditiously on this nomination as DHS has been without permanent leadership for over a year and half.”

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