After four years of enduring countless cruelties from Donald Trump and Stephen Miller’s campaign against immigrants, the recent news of Biden’s plan to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of DHS was a welcomed choice by many immigration advocates.
An architect of the popular and successful DACA program, the Cuban-born son of a Holocaust survivor, and a refugee himself, Mayorkas is an inspired choice. He’s the right person to undo Trump’s cruelties, advance fair and humane policies, and deliver on the bold change the American people strongly support.
Here are our some of our favorite responses to the news:
Cruelty, chaos, and incompetence have defined Donald Trump's DHS.
Alejandro Mayorkas is *the* person to lead the transformation of our immigration system, ensure FEMA doesn't discriminate when disaster hits, and strengthen our national cyber strategy. https://t.co/XUOF86wfDc
— Lorella Praeli (@lorellapraeli) November 23, 2020
Thank you for your service, @AliMayorkas. Your experience and insight will be powerful tools to an agency that has been overrun with a lack of accountability, cruelty, and abuse.
Looking forward to working together in a not so distant future. ADELANTE! https://t.co/gOc20sxCNk
— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) November 23, 2020
Alejandro Mayorkas, the son of Cuban refugees, has been nominated by President-Elect Biden to serve as Secretary of DHS. He will be the first Latino and immigrant to serve in that position. He is brilliant, thoughtful and kind.
Its a new day.
— Cristóbal Alex (@CristobalJAlex) November 23, 2020
Mayorkas has been the front runner for DHS mainly because, sources say, the incoming administration wants someone with immigration experience (rather than legal, cyber, intel, management, etc) due to the large amount of work to be done in untangling Trump’s immigration legacy.
— Julia E. Ainsley (@JuliaEAinsley) November 23, 2020
— Ilya Sheyman (@iSheyman) November 23, 2020
Mayorkas was one of the voices that helped craft & implemented DACA. This sends a strong & important message to the immigrant community. https://t.co/f6xXod3Egw
— Paola Ramos (@paoramos) November 23, 2020
Alejandro Mayorkas is a historic and experienced choice to lead an agency in desperate need of reform.
As an immigrant and a creator of the DACA program, he’s well suited to undo Trump’s damage and build a more compassionate and common sense immigration agenda. https://t.co/4pQdJ3q2GT
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) November 23, 2020
We're transitioning from DHS Secretaries who ordered the torturing of children to Alejandro Mayorkas, who implemented DACA in record time.
It is a good day. https://t.co/TBGf4BM9vZ
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) November 23, 2020
When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge. Now, I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
— Alejandro Mayorkas (@AliMayorkas) November 23, 2020