Today, Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) applauds the historic confirmation of the first Latino, first immigrant and first child of Holocaust survior refugees to become secretary of the federal agency tasked with implementing immigration law. Mayorkas’ confirmation signals a move away from the Trump administration’s draconian and deadly policies and adopt a more rational and humane approach to federal implementation of immigration laws.
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would not go forward with a proposed regulation that would have increased the citizenship application fee from $640 to over $1,100, among other application fee increases, and would have eliminated most fee waivers for low-income and working-class immigrants to apply.
As we celebrate a peaceful transition of power after weeks of unrest, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) network extends its sincerest congratulations to soon-to-be President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The inauguration of Harris, in particular, as a Black woman and a first-generation new American of Jamaican and South Asian heritage, is a significant moment in American history. Her story is the story of the American Dream and shatters the glass ceiling for so many women of color across the country as she becomes our first woman Vice President and first Vice President of color.