“Together, they will help advance the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” Mayorkas said. “I look forward to working with the Senate to support their early confirmation.”
The staff announcements come as the White House has come under fire in recent weeks for failing to put forward candidates to head federal agencies that play a crucial role in tackling the influx of Central American migrants to the border South.
Biden has yet to announce her candidate for director of U.S. immigration and customs, and Roberta Jacobson – a former ambassador to Mexico who serves as Biden’s southern border coordinator – is expected to step down from administration at the end of the month.
Although Biden has tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with overseeing the administration’s diplomatic efforts in Central America, the White House has made it clear that the burden of dealing with the massive number of migrants seeking to enter the United States through Mexico – many of whom are unaccompanied children – will fall under the direction of DHS.
In addition to Magnus at CBP and Jaddou at USCIS, Biden on Monday announced several other candidates for high-level positions in the department, including: Jon Meyer as legal counsel to DHS; Robert Silvers as DHS Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy and Plans; and John Tien as deputy secretary of DHS.
Additionally, Biden has said he will appoint Jen Easterly as director of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, which operates under the oversight of DHS.