LULAC Praises Choice For Secretary Of Homeland Security

Nation’s Leading Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Alejandro Mayorkas Will Restore Trust and Respect

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on Tuesday issued the following statement in support of President-Elect Biden’s pick to lead the nation’s third largest government agency.

Domingo Garcia – LULAC National President
“There are enormous tasks to confront and we are confident that Secretary Mayorkas will be prepared to undertake them successfully. One of them is working with President Biden in the first 100 days to extend the program known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for 800,000 young adults who entered the United States as minors and are qualified to receive protection against forced removal from the country. In addition, Mayorkas’ background in the United States Department of Justice reflects a track record of fighting human trafficking, prosecuting major drug crimes as well as going after white collar criminals. These decisive actions demonstrate his clear principles and integrity in applying the law. LULAC is confident Secretary Mayorkas will help restore stability and respect to DHS and we look forward to working with him.”

Sindy Benavides - LULAC National Chief Executive Officer
“This is a landmark moment in our country’s history because nominee Mayorkas, a good friend and ally of LULAC for years, will be the first immigrant to ever hold this critical position. Once confirmed, he will oversee our immigration and border laws plus be responsible for our security on the seas, in the air as well as protecting us against increasing cyber-threats. Alejandro brings extensive professional experience having served as deputy secretary of homeland security under President Barack Obama. In addition he has the personal attributes as someone who was brought from Cuba as an infant and grew up IN the U.S., living the immigrant experience. I am confident that he can understand on a very personal level what millions of men, women, and children are facing whether they are asylum seekers, refugees or applicants navigating their way through the naturalization process.”


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit