Confirmation of a New Deputy Secretary and a New Homeland Security Chief for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Sobel and Erwin

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a new Deputy Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas and a new Homeland Security Chief, Jeh Johnson. Many are pleased with these appointments and we look forward to true changes throughout the department.

Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Mayorkas has spearheaded many initiatives with USCIS, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the I-601A provisional waiver policy. He also played a significant role in the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians following the horrific earthquake.

Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson

Johnson’s background includes trial lawyer experience, and most recently, he has served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense (DoD). We are hopeful Johnson’s background will allow for changes in immigration that are imperative to every American community.

Some Progress in Immigration Issues

The Department of Homeland Security has made some strides forward in the area of immigration, but still there are many changes that need to be implemented.  Too many times individuals face an overly-restrictive interpretation of our immigration laws or they run into countless obstacles while trying to comply with the regulations.  DACA was one step in the right direction.  The provisional waiver program had great promise but then suffered greatly in the way the program has been applied.  With the new appointments, it is hoped that DHS will make real progress in all important areas of immigration.

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