He became the first Latino and the first immigrant to hold the post
The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorcas as Secretary of Homeland Security in President Joe Biden’s cabinet. The decision was made by 56 votes in favor, with 43 against.
He became the first Latino and the first immigrant to hold the position.
The department plays a central role in the Biden administration’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a massive cyberattack linked to Russia, and domestic extremism.
Mallorcas is expected to lead a broad political overhaul of the department, which has been accused of deep politicization in implementing President Donald Trump’s immigration and law enforcement initiatives.
His confirmation to the Senate was stalled by Republicans who had questions about Biden’s immigration policy plans.
He also faced questions about the investor visa program under President Barack Obama, which he ran.