The Cuban-American will lead the national security team of the president-elect of the United States.
The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Monday that his national security team will be headed by Cuban-American Alejandro Mayorkas, who already held a position on that team during the Barack Obama administration.
In a campaign statement, Biden assured that Mayorkas, who served as undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) between 2013 and 2016, will head that agency, which is in charge of key issues such as migration.
“Alejandro Mayorkas, former undersecretary, who was confirmed by the United States Senate three times throughout his career, will be the first Latino and immigrant nominated to serve as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, “Biden’s transition team said in a statement.
The brand new official was born in Havana in 1959 and studied law at the University of California, Berkeley, and Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles.
During his tenure at DHS, he led the development and implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the program that the Obama Administration (2009-2017) designed to protect US citizens from deportation. thousands of young people brought by their undocumented parents to the United States as children.
The Donald Trump Administration sought to end DACA, an initiative that became relevant to its beneficiaries, known as “dreamers.”
Additionally, Mayorkas led the DHS response to the Ebola and Zika health crises; helped build and run the Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking, and was involved in the development of an emergency aid program for young orphans after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Similarly, it created the National Security and Fraud Detection Directorate to better guarantee the integrity of the legal immigration system.
In 2015, he made a trip to Havana, Cuba, as the highest-ranking Cuban-American of that government, to negotiate the first National Security agreement between the two countries. That agreement was concluded by signing in May 2016.
He left the post of undersecretary on October 31 of that same year.