Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Homeland Secretary (DHS) by President Joe Biden on February 2, 2021.
Secretary Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant confirmed to serve as DHS secretary. He has led a distinguished 30-year career as a law enforcement official and a nationally recognized lawyer in the private sector. Mayorkas served as the deputy secretary of DHS from 2013 to 2016, and as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from 2009 to 2013. During his tenure at DHS, he led the development and implementation of DACA, negotiated cybersecurity and homeland security agreements with foreign governments, led the department’s response to Ebola and Zika, helped build and administer the Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking, and developed an emergency relief program for orphaned youth following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He also created the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate to better ensure the integrity of the legal immigration system.
Secretary Mayorkas began his government service in the Department of Justice, where he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California, specializing in the prosecution of white-collar crime. After nearly nine years as a federal prosecutor, he became the youngest U.S. attorney in the nation, overseeing prosecutions of national significance, including the investigation and prosecution of financial fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption, violent crime, cybercrime, environmental crime, international money laundering, and securities fraud. He received his bachelor’s with distinction from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Law School.