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Homeland Security Deputy Secretary to Step Down to Join Private Sector

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Alejandro Mayorkas is stepping down as deputy secretary of Homeland Security after accepting a job in the private sector.

Mayorkas served as the No. 2 at Home Security for the past there years and will step down on Oct. 28, Federal News Radio reports. 

He will join Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

“I began my government service as a federal prosecutor, a position I held for nearly twelve years, and I have been a member of our department for nearly seven years,” Mayorkas said in a staff email. “I have cherished every moment of public service. Thank you for making it so.”

In a press release, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Mayorkas was an effective leader.

“Over the last 34 months, Ali has spearheaded much of our Unity of Effort campaign and employee engagement initiatives, and has taken a leading role on issues ranging from immigration to cybersecurity,” said Johnson in the statement. “His legacy as deputy secretary will be the number of things we did to improve how this department functions, and the significant increase in employee satisfaction we saw this year as a result. We are all grateful for Ali’s many contributions.”

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Homeland Security Deputy Director to Visit Birthplace of Cuba to Help Ease Tensions

Alejandrom Mayorkas

Alejandrom Mayorkas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The second-ranking Homeland Security official will visit his hometown in Cuba to help ease tensions with the U.S., the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security deputy secretary, was 6 months old when his family fled Havana and moved to Miami.

For the first time, he is returning for a three-day visit intended on restoring diplomatic relations.

It’s part of a larger effort by President Obama to ease restrictions on U.S. travel and investment in Cuba as Congress considers dropping the decade-long trade embargo.

Myorkas said his father longed to visit Cuba.

“He always dreamed of returning with his children and sharing Cuba with them,” Mayorkas said in an interview, his eyes beginning to tear up. “It was always my hope and intention to return with him, so this visit will be quite emotional.”

No. 2 Official at Homeland Security Accused of Helping Political Insiders

Alejandrom Mayorkas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The second in command at Homeland Security is accused of intervening in cases that involve connections to political insiders “in unprecedented ways,” acceding to a report by the department’s watchdog.

The Office of Inspector General report said Alejandro Mayorkas created an “appearance of favoritism” while head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services by giving special treatment in a program for wealthy foreigners to get visas, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Among those who benefited from Mayorkas’ interventions were Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The report tallied more than 15 people who blew the whistle on Mayorkas for allegedly giving special treatment to people with connections.

In a response to the report, Mayorkas defended his actions.

“I did so not because I wanted to but because I needed to,” Mayorkas wrote. “It was not easy or pleasant to hear complaints of how poorly our agency was performing … and how incompetent we were in the performance of some of our work.”

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he maintains “full confidence” in Mayorkas.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Emerges As Top Candidate to Replace AG Holder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The next U.S. attorney general may be the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, the New York Post reports, citing “well-placed sources.”

The short list of candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Holder is Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban-American lawyer.

“He’s one of the top candidates. He has all the qualifications needed to succeed in the job,” one insider said.

Mayorkas is backed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which is the nation’s largest law enforcement officers’ organization.

“The FOP enthusiastically supported his nomination to his current post as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and it has been a true pleasure working with him in that capacity over the last year,” Canterbury wrote. “We have no doubt that Mr. Mayorkas has the requisite ability and experience to lead the U.S. Justice Department and meet the challenges in the years ahead.”

Other names that have emerged are Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Alejandro Mayorkas Closer to Winning Confirmation for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security advanced to the next stage after getting approval from a Senate panel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Alejandro Mayorkas, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, needs confirmation from a majority of the Senate.

Republicans have objected to Mayorkas because of dogged allegations that he intervened in a visa program, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

If confirmed, Mayorkas would manage daily operations of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, TSA and ICE.

President Obama’s Pick For Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Faces Tough Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To say Alejandro Mayorkas is on the hot seat may be an understatement.

President Obama’s pick for deputy secretary of Homeland Security is already under an FBI investigation for allegedly exerting influence to help a political insider with a visa application, the Washington Times reports.

According to the Times, he’s also made misleading and potentially false statements to Congress recently.

Mayorkas is currently in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program, the Times wrote.

Obama’s Choice for Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Denies Abusing His Influence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama’s nomination for second in command at the Department of Homeland Security fended off allegations Thursday that he helped Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother get a special visa for foreign investors, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas is important because he could become the temporary replacement for Janet Napolitano, who plans to leave in September for another job.

The department’s inspector general is trying to determine whether Mayorkas abused his position by helping Gulf Coast Funds Management, run by Anthony Rodham, get a visa visa for a Chinese investor who was twice denied a visa.

“I have never in my career used undue influence to influence the outcome of a case,” Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a Senate panel considering his nomination, The LA Times wrote.

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Obama’s No. 2 Choice for Homeland Security Post Is Subject of Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee for the No. 2 job at Homeland Security is under investigation following allegations that he obtained a special visa after the initial application was denied by the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

The department’s inspector general warned Congress in an email that Alejandro Mayorkas is under investigation for allegedly helping an international investor obtain a special visa without U.S. approval.

Mayorkas, who currently runs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was chosen by President Obama to become the second-ranking officials at DHS.

The inspector general “is investigating Director Mayorkas,” the e-mail read, according to the AP. “Director Mayorkas was not specifically named in the initial complaint; however, the DHS is now investigating allegations concerning the actions/conduct of Director Mayorkas and other USCIS management officials.”