Washington, D.C. – The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), released the following statement on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

“Alejandro Mayorkas is a strong choice to serve as the next DHS Secretary and begin to repair the damage of four years of abuse and cruelty under the Trump Administration. In particular, his impressive record at USCIS – including implementing the DACA program – will be essential to reforming this broken agency and ensuring that the U.S. government treats immigrants and refugees with dignity and respect.

“There is a great deal of work to be done, but Alejandro Mayorkas’s nomination is another promising sign that the Biden-Harris Administration intends to bring much-needed urgency and vision to fixing our inhumane immigration system and ending the egregious human rights abuses of the Trump era.”