Vice President Kamala Harris officially administered the oath of office today to Alejandro Mayorkas who will become the first Latino and immigrant to serve at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security.
Earlier today, the Senate voted to confirm Mayorkas as Homeland Security secretary. The close divided vote was 56-43.
The confirmation will fill a critical role in the new administration. Mayorkas will be expected to swiftly begin rolling back Trump administration immigration policies while juggling the response to a global pandemic, national security threats, and restoring a department that's been rattled by leadership turnover and vacancies in recent years.