Senate Confirms Controversial Biden Pick As DHS Secretary

Kamala Harris ceremonially swore in Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


The Senate confirmed Joe Biden’s controversial pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security. On Tuesday, the upper chamber voted 57-42 to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as the agency’s secretary.

The Obama-era official has faced mounting criticism over a past inspector general’s report, which detailed political favors Mayorkas doled out during the Obama years. The report said he gave out visas to elite Democrats when he was head of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Before the vote on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went into detail about the IG report on the Senate floor.

“As a high ranking official in the Obama administration, Mr. Mayorkas did his best to turn U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into an unethical favor factory for Democratic party royalty,” McConnell stated. “Governors, the DNC chair, Hollywood executives, a Senate majority leader from Nevada; they all received special treatment to the degree that stunned and disturbed the Obama’s administration own inspector general over at that department.”

McConnell said Mayorkas does not deserve to be DHS secretary and he does not deserve a lower post at the department either.



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