Mayorkas during the hearings for confirmation.
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Republican senators have managed to delay the confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of National Security.
It was expected that Mayorkas, who will be the first Latino and the first immigrant to head that Department, was confirmed this week, but a group of Republican senators has decided to debate his nomination for longer than expected.
This Wednesday, Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate, was forced to archive the nomination vote due to opposition from Republicans. Some of the conservative senators argue that Mayorkas has not reported enough about his security plan in the border with Mexico.
Republicans also point out that he deserves to ask more questions about Mayorkas’ immigration plans since it is the subject on which the official from Joe Biden has put more emphasis.
According to CNN, the Senate will hold a procedural vote this Thursday at 1:45 p.m. but the final confirmation would be Monday afternoon.
Mayorkas is Biden’s first nominee to which the Republicans have objected. 51 votes are needed for his confirmation as Secretary of Homeland Security.