Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Joe Biden nominated Alejandro Mayorkas, former director of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. His nomination has hit a bit of a delay in his confirmation hearing yesterday, about which Ming Chen has blogged.
Andrew Desiderio for Politico explains the objections of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) to Mayorkas's nomination:
"While Mayorkas will likely have enough votes to secure confirmation on the Senate floor, he was pressed during the hearing Tuesday about a 2015 inspector general report charging that he displayed `an appearance of favoritism and special access' for certain visa recipients. The report alleged serious abuses with the EB-5 visa process in particular, accusing Mayorkas of giving preferential treatment to political allies.
While Republicans were not adversarial with Mayorkas, they focused intently on the IG report."
Eric Katz for Government Executive further explains: ""Republicans largely focus[ed] on a 2015 inspector general report that found the DHS secretary-designate created the appearance of improper political influence when he intervened in various cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services while he was the agency’s director."