Leahy Hails Confirmation Of Mayorkas To Top DHS Position

Mayorkas To Fill No. 2 Spot At Department

WASHINGTON (Friday, December 20, 2013) –Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed the Senate’s vote Friday to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The position has been without a Senate-confirmed leader since April.

“The Department of Homeland Security is the leading agency for some of the most pressing issues facing our Nation, from providing disaster relief to protecting our borders,” said Leahy, who spoke on the floor in favor of the nomination Friday.  “To serve the American people, this agency needs a full complement of leaders. With the Senate’s action today, the Department now has in place its most important leaders in Alejandro Mayorkas and Jeh Johnson.”

Leahy, who earlier this year shepherded consideration of comprehensive immigration reform through the Senate, also hailed Mayorkas’ leadership of the EB-5 Regional Center Program while serving as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and he blasted the Department’s inspector general for conducting a deeply mismanaged review of the program and of Mayorkas.  

“It is unfortunate that Director Mayorkas’ nomination has been the subject of unfair and partisan attacks, and it is wrong that some tried to create controversy about Director Mayorkas even before his confirmation hearing occurred in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee,” Leahy said.  “The attacks mounted against Director Mayorkas are made even less credible by the conduct of the former DHS Deputy Inspector General, who was forced to resign in the face of allegations of serious misconduct.”

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