The American Jewish Congress applauds President-elect Joe Biden for his nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security. 

Secretary-designate Mayorkas’s experience as a Cuban-American refugee of Sephardic Jewish descent provides him with first-hand knowledge of America’s immigration issues. And his understanding of the critical role that the department plays in protecting Americans at home from dangers, such as increasing threats by white supremacists, will ensure that these threats are taken seriously.

We believe that both his personal and professional background qualify him to lead this critical agency. We therefore ask the Senate to confirm him quickly, so he can get to work promptly on behalf of the American people.

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