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Who Is Alejandro Mayorkas?

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Alejandro Mayorkas has been picked as Secretary of Homeland Security by the Biden-Harris presidential transition team.

If confirmed, Mayorkas, 61, would be the first Latino to head Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas took to Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Twitter, Inc. Report to confirm the news. 

"It is an honor to be nominated and entrusted by the President-elect to serve," he tweeted. "It is no small task to lead the Department of Homeland Security, but I will work to restore faith in our institutions, and protect our security here at home."

Mayorkas has an impressive resume with a 30-year career in law enforcement. He became the highest ranking Cuban American to serve as the deputy secretary of DHS from 2013 to 2016 during Obama's tenure. Before that, he served as the director of U.S. citizenship and immigration services from 2009 to 2013.

Mayorkas also acknowledged his past of being a refugee on Twitter. 

"When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge," he tweeted. "Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones."

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mayorkas and his sister came with their parents as refugees to the U.S. in 1960s. 

Mayorkas holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Law School.

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