The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mallorcas as Minister of Homeland Security in President Joe Biden’s cabinet. The decision was adopted by 56 votes in favor, 43 against.
He became the first Hispanic and the first immigrant to hold this position.
The ministry plays a central role in the Biden administration’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, large-scale cyberattack linked to Russia, and domestic extremism.
Mallorcas is expected to spearhead a sweeping political restructuring of the agency, which has been accused of deeply politicizing the implementation of President Donald Trump’s immigration and law enforcement initiatives.
His approval in the Senate was stalled by Republicans, who had questions about Biden’s plans for immigration policy.
He also faced questions about the Barack Obama investor visa program, which he ran.