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Biden’s Homeland Security Nominee Noncommittal on Dismantling or Expanding Border Wall

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Biden’s Homeland Security Nominee Noncommittal on Dismantling or Expanding Border Wall

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Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas wouldn’t say if he’s planning to dismantle or expand the barrier built along the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration. Mayorkas, who headed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and served as deputy secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Obama administration, testified Tuesday before a panel of senators about his stances on immigration, border enforcement, cybersecurity, and his previous service. During the conformation hearing, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) asked Mayorkas whether he believed the border wall constructed by the Trump administration should be torn down. Mayorkas replied that he agreed with the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that the border is not a “monolithic challenge.” “The border is varied depending on the geography, depending on the specific venue and depending on the conduct of individuals around it and we don’t need, nor should we have a monolithic answer to that …

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