Biden Orders Probe of Domestic ‘Extremism’ For Riot, Psaki Says
If approved, Alejandro Mallorcas will become an American with Hispanic roots, who will head this department.
Alejandro Mallorcas, who was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as head of the Department of Homeland Security, said on Tuesday that he would authorize intelligence officers of the department to collect information about the threat of extremism after the attack on the Congress building, and this information, according to Mallorcas, will be carried out “apolitical and in an impartial “way.
“The threat of domestic extremism is one of the biggest challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security right now,” Mallorcas said at his confirmation hearing at the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday..
If approved, Majorcas, who served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security during Barack Obama’s presidency, will begin work in a few days. He will head a large federal agency, which employs 240,000 employees responsible for security at the country’s borders, immigration processes, cybersecurity, as well as for disaster preparedness and emergency assistance..
To approve Majorcas’ candidacy, he must be supported by a majority of members of the Committee on Homeland Security, and then a majority in the Senate, in which now the seats between Republicans and Democrats are divided equally, but the elected vice-president, Democrat Kamala Harris, can make a decisive vote, supporting members of the same party in the decisive moments.
One of the first major challenges for Mallorcas will be the fulfillment of Biden’s promises to lift many of the restrictive rules on US immigration imposed by the Donald Trump administration. At the moment, thousands of migrants from Central America in caravans arrive at the border of Mexico and the United States. During a committee hearing, Mallorcas stressed that changes in border policy “cannot be made with one click on the first day.” To do this, the candidate explained, it will take time to create the infrastructure that will ensure compliance with the law..
Mallorcas also announced that it is not going to close the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has been insisted on by some advocates for the rights of illegal migrants. The candidate has pledged to examine the broad restrictions imposed by the Trump administration in response to the pandemic, which allow border guards to expel most of the illegal migrants arriving at the US southwestern border..
If approved, the 61-year-old Mallorcas will become the first Hispanic appointed to the post of Secretary of Homeland Security in US history. Mallorcas was born in Cuba. His parents brought him to the United States as a child to avoid repression by the communist Castro regime. Mallorcas recalled his immigrant past, addressing committee members.