Alejandro Mayorkas
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Alejandro Mayorkas

Democrat

Secretary of Homeland Security

United States

Addresses

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Department
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC. 20528
U.S. Department
of Homeland Security
Washington, DC. 20528
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Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary of Homeland Security
Summary
Experience
61
Years of Age
7
Years of Experience
CAResidence (state)

Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas (born November 24, 1959) is an American government official and attorney who has served as the seventh United States secretary of homeland security since February 2, 2021. During the Obama administration, he also served in the Department of Homeland Security, first as director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (2009–2013), and then as deputy secretary of DHS (2013–2016). Mayorkas was born in Havana, Cuba. Shortly after the Cuban Revolution his family fled to Florida and later settled in California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in history with honors, subsequently earning his J.D. from Loyola Marymount University. After law school, Mayorkas worked as an Assistant United States Attorney and was appointed the United States attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles during the administration of President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, where he oversaw the prosecution of high-profile criminal cases.Mayorkas was a member of the presidential transition team for Barack Obama before he assumed office in January 2009, where he led the team responsible for the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Mayorkas was appointed by President Obama as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). On May 20, 2009, the nomination was received by the Senate; on August 7, 2009, the nomination was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote. As USCIS director, Mayorkas led United States citizenship through management efficiencies and fiscal responsibility, and safeguarded the integrity of the immigration system. He implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process in sixty days.

Experience

Education

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Beverly Hills High School
University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts
1977 - 1981
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Law School
Juris Doctor
1982 - 1985

Past Positions

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Secretary
United States Department of Homeland Security
2021 - Current
Secretary
United States Department of Homeland Security
2020
Deputy Secretary
United States Department of Homeland Security
2013 - 2016
Director
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
2009 - 2013
Lawyer
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Limited Liability Partnership
2016 - 2020
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers, Limited Liability Partnership
2001 - 2008
Attorney
United States, Central District of California
1998 - 2001