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US is welcoming nation; finds strength in diversity

On swearing-in remarks: "DHS bears an extraordinary weight on behalf of the American people, the weight of grave challenges seen and unseen," said Secretary Mayorkas. "The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. The United States is a welcoming and empathetic nation, one that finds strength in its diversity. I pledge to defend and secure our country without sacrificing these American values."
Source: DHS.gov press release on DHS Confirmation Hearings , Feb 2, 2021

Left Cuba with parents as a child to escape communism

Mayorkas was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to California as a child. If confirmed, he would be the first immigrant to serve as head of the Department of Homeland Security. "My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism and to provide me with the security, opportunity, and pride that American citizenship brings to each of us," he said in his opening statement at his confirmation hearing.
Source: Fox News on DHS Secretary Confirmation Hearings , Jan 22, 2021

Views himself as a proud member of the Jewish community

William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations, said that Mayorkas "discussed his personal connection to the Jewish story of America--as a refugee from Cuba and his parents as refugees from Europe." He mentioned his current membership at Adas Israel Congregation. Mayorkas "views himself as a proud member of the Jewish community," noted Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union's executive director for public policy.
Source: Forward magazine on DHS Secretary Confirmation Hearings , Jan 10, 2021

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