[Ed. – Biden is provided the Senate with a bajillion good reasons to withhold confirmation of his cabinet picks, but this one deserves a special thumbs-down after Dems’ four years of incessant whining over Trump ‘putting immigrant children in cages.’]
Presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden said Monday he wants Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Homeland Security Department, tapping an Obama-era mainstay who helped create the DACA program that protected “Dreamers,” but was also part of the team that expanded family detention.
Mr. Mayorkas, born in Cuba, would be the first Hispanic person and first immigrant to head the department, created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
He brings extensive experience at DHS, having served as chief at the legal-immigration agency and then deputy secretary for the entire department.
But his more than seven years in office also saw their share of controversy, with an inspector general finding he delivered favors in granting immigration visas at the request of high-powered Democrats. That’s likely to draw attention from Republicans.