CNN's Priscilla Alvarez reports that new hires include DHS David Shahoulian, the new Assistant Secretary for Border Security and Immigration and former Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, conducted extensive investigations into the previous administration's abuses against asylum seekers and their children. "He is together with Adam Hunterwho is serving as the DHS's assistant assistant secretary for immigration, ”CNN continued. "Hunter comes from Refugee Council USA, a coalition of 29 non-governmental organizations that focus on protecting refugees."
As the report notes, Biden is committed to raising refugees Approvals in the US from a shameful low of 15,000 set by the previous administration to 125,000. Just days after Biden's inauguration, there are some hopeful signs after the State Department is reported to reopen visa applications for thousands of Afghans stranded after helping the U.S. military as translators and other roles.
"Other well-known names in immigration circles like Tyler Moran and Esther Olavarria have also held top positions," CNN continued. Moran worked as the advocacy director Immigration Hub and an advisor to former Senator Harry Reid while Olavarria served as immigration advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and, more recently, to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Immigration Hub.
It's a welcome departure from the previous administration's nomination of anti-immigrants to immigration roles like the very weird Ken Cuccinelli. The anti-immigrant loudmouth was illegally serving as DHS deputy deputy and acting USCIS director, putting roadblocks on the way to the door to prevent the Biden government from implementing changes through executive action. And just like Cuccinelli intended, the corrupt Texas attorney general is already suing.
Alvarez reports that Moran and Olavarria recently hit a very different tone Meeting of the US Mayors' Conference. About the previous government's policy of attacking migrant families, Olavarria said, “(t) There is a policy here that ignores the decades – and centuries – of contributions that immigrants have made to our economy, to our society, to our culture. We would lift this policy and return to a country that welcomes immigrants and recognizes their contributions. "
After the riot, Senator Josh Hawley blocked the DHS secretary's quick confirmation Alejandro Mayorkas (whose nomination was also welcomed by immigration lawyers), the Senate Homeland Security Committee, voted 7-4, but it remained "unclear when the Senate will accept his nomination," Wall Street reporter Journal, Michelle Hackman tweeted. The Department of Homeland Security has not had a Senate-approved secretary since Kirstjen Nielsen, one of the leading co-conspirators of the family separation, in 2019.