The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee considers nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s pick to lead Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 11am ET on Jan. 26, 2021.
If confirmed, the former federal prosecutor and senior Homeland Security official under President Barack Obama, would be the first Latino and first immigrant to lead the department. He would lead one of the largest agencies in government to enforce the nation’s immigration laws and run the immigration services agency as well as the components such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the civilian cybersecurity.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., blocked a procedural move last week to bypass full committee consideration of the nomination of Mayorkas to lead DHS.
Hawley said he made the move because Mayorkas, in his confirmation hearing, would not commit to spending the $1.4 billion appropriated to expand the border wall with Mexico. Biden said he would halt future construction and Mayorkas said he would have to determine how the law requires DHS to spend the money.
Hawley also said Mayorkas did not “adequately” explain how he would enforce border security.