Proposed DHS No. 2 to Face Lawmakers' Questions

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks at a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2013. Beside him are President Barack Obama and then-Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks at a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2013. Beside him are President Barack Obama and then-Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

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Should Mayorkas be approved by the Senate, he almost certainly would lead the department until a permanent replacement for Napolitano is chosen. His promotion also would create a new leadership vacancy in a department already facing a leadership vacuum. With Napolitano's departure, 15 of the department's 45 top positions will either be filled with an acting official or be vacant altogether.

 

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