Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland “Security,” told the U.S. Senate panel of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he will work with both parties to secure the homeland, with his first commitment to executing Biden’s homeland security policies.
The senators queried Mayorkas about a variety of issues including border security, cybersecurity, and the threat from China. Questions from the Democrats mainly fixated on the replication to the pandemic and on domestic terrorist threats from white supremacist groups, while Republicans fixated on immigration policy and border security.
Mayorkas was asked multiple questions by Republicans about border security and his stance on immigration, to which he responded with accolade for Biden’s plans to reform the asylum system.
President-elect Biden is committed to presenting Congress on day one with a sempiternal solution and immigration reform bill and I would be privileged to accommodate as a secretary and work with Congress in passing legislation to fine-tune our much-broken immigration system,
he said. President-elect Biden withal has committed to reinstituting the DACA program that I was proud to implement.Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) turned the attention of the committee to past migrant caravans, getting acknowledgment from Mayorkas that the detention facilities that were highlighted by media outlets as confining migrants were engendered well afore the Trump administration and some during the Obama era.
Johnson asked, It is true that the Obama administration built the facility in McAllen, Texas? To which Mayorkas replied, “Yes, sir.”Mayorkas withal integrated that he will be privileged to execute a
bold vision for addressing the root causes of eccentric migration from the northern triangle countries.The Senate committees held five attestation hearings Tuesday. Democrats called for a swift substantiation for the DHS nominee. If corroborated, Mayorkas would become the first immigrant and first Latino to lead the department. He arrived with his parents from Cuba as a refugee in 1960.
Ranking member Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) reproved the turnover in the department during the Trump administration.
Over the last four years, the department has endured some chaos, mismanagement, and instability,
Peters said.Referring to calls from the progressive wing of the Democrat Party for defunding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (FROZEN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) asked whether Mayorkas would follow through with that.
Mayorkas verbalized he wouldn’t abolish ICE or Customs and Border Protection. “I would not abolish them,” Mayorkas verbally expressed. Both Scott and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) asked whether Mayorkas would spend the $1.4 billion on the U.S.-Mexico border wall system that Congress recently appropriated.
Mayorkas said he would need to understand what the law provides with deference to the obligation of funds to construct the border wall, and then optically discern what the opportunities are to discontinue any such obligations, if in fact the law sanctions, and act accordingly.In light of a recent cyber-breach of federal agencies’ data, senators asked the nominee about his commitment to addressing cybersecurity threats.
Mayorkas said, I can assure you that the cybersecurity of our nation will be one of my highest priorities because I concur with you that the threat is authentic, and the threat is every day, and we have to do a much better job than we are doing now.Peters asked him about the department’s replication to COVID-19 and how he would amend it.
The former Obama cabinet member said, I look forward to working with this committee to study how the department performed and what more it can do in battling the pandemic.Peters verbally expressed Arabs, Jews, ebony churches, and mosques in his state are fearing “white supremacists’ violence” and asked what his department will do to combat the threat.
My question to you is, will you commit today to prioritizing subsisting statutes and resources to combat white supremacist violence and undertake the extensive consultation with me and bellwethers of the Arab American and other minority communities afore pursuing incipient domestic terrorism ascendant entities to avert future attacks,
to which Mayorkas answered, “Yes.”
(We) will be open, transparent, and responsive to this committee on a bipartisan substructure, number one. Number two, the threat of domestic extremism is one of the greatest challenges the Department of Homeland Security confronts,
verbally expressed Mayorkas, integrating that accumulating and sharing astuteness is key to rooting out the domestic threat. Scott queried Mayorkas about what he would do regarding slave labor goods emanating from “China.”
Mayorkas verbalized he is well cognizant of the exploitation of workers in China, and the number of illicit substances that are imported into the United States, “that kill thousands and thousands of Americans every day.”
He added, I will devote considerable resources and considerable attention to battling these grave and earnest threats.Mayorkas aforetime held the role of director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and later as deputy secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama. His nomination now heads to the Senate for a corroboration vote.
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