News Release

UnidosUS Statement: Alejandro Mayorkas Nomination to Head DHS ‘A New Day’

First Latino and Immigrant to head critical agency will be ready on day one

November 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—In response to the appointment of former Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to lead President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security, Janet Murguía, president and CEO of UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, issued the following statement:

“We applaud President-elect Joe Biden’s appointment of Alejandro Mayorkas, the first Latino and immigrant to ever lead the Department of Homeland Security. This is a historic and inspired choice at a critical time. He has the expertise, experience, and a proven track record of effective and humane policymaking and implementation. He not only has the support of many in the Hispanic community, but also of other stakeholders, such as immigrant rights groups, members of Congress, business, labor, and law enforcement groups. And most importantly, he will be ready to lead on day one.”

“After four long, dark years of Mexicans being painted as ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals,’ children being separated from their parents, repeated assaults on DACA, and a general contempt for Latinos from the highest office in the land, Mayorkas’ nomination signals a new day for the Department of Homeland Security and for all our country.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Christopher Allbritton