Great excitement as the nation celebrates Alejandro Mayorkas' nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Many wait with bated breath to observe his efforts towards reforming our "broken immigration system". Optimistically, he has pledged to incorporate the following tenets into his immigration system:
A humane immigration system founded on integrity and fair enforcement
Immigration issues across sectors and constituencies being addressed
The inclusion of immigrants in post-covid economic recovery
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DHS's primary function is to protect the nation against a variety of threats. It has jurisdiction over the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
These organizations play a vital role in adjudicating immigration benefits and enforcing immigration law, with the aim of admitting deserving applicants, providing a haven to those under threat, and protecting the U.S. against foreign criminal elements.
With immigration being a core aspect of DHS's portfolio, many celebrated Mayorkas' nomination due to his personal connection to the immigration sphere as an immigrant who fled Communism in Cuba as a young boy.
His celebrated career in the public sector includes tenure as the head of USCIS between 2009 and 2013 and later as the deputy secretary of DHS under the Obama-Biden administration for the period 2013 to 2016.
Vision for Change
During a bipartisan immigration summit on December 3, 2020, Mayorkas outlined his vision to fix the "broken immigration system".
He noted that the cost of these faults takes a "profound toll not only on families seeking to contribute to our nation and forge their own American dream, but on our economic prosperity and our moral authority as well."
Celebrating the U.S. as a country of immigrants, he expressed his commitment to overseeing the immigration system with integrity and in a manner that is humane and secure.
He noted that taking a pro-immigrant stance is mutually beneficial to immigrants and Americans, as it fosters job creation, increased wages and economic growth. He reiterated that several sectors, such as agriculture and technology, rely heavily on immigration.
Furthermore, he sees immigrants as critical players in the country's economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (a radical shift from the outgoing administration).
In his view, fixing the immigration system requires bipartisan cooperation to address a number of issues across various constituencies.
Many hope that Mayorkas' time in this post will usher in an era of justice marked by the fair law enforcement and proactive action taken on issues such as the future of DACA, border security, access to asylum, and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The coming year will unquestionably be fraught with even further changes to the U.S. immigration system. Follow us on social media to keep abreast of the latest news.
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