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Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, USCIS

Alejandro Mayorkas is the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  President Obama nominated Mayorkas for the position on April 24, 2009, and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination on August 7, 2009.

As the Director of USCIS, Mayorkas leads the agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security charged with operating the largest immigration system in the world.  Mayorkas is responsible for a workforce of more than 18,000 people located in approximately 230 offices throughout the world, and he oversees a budget of approximately $3 billion.

Immediately prior to becoming the Director of USCIS, Mayorkas was a partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  He advised boards of directors and executives, led internal investigations, and litigated bet-the-company matters covering a wide array of industries.  He served as a member of O’Melveny & Myers’ worldwide governing Policy Committee and as Chair of the firm’s Values Awards Committee and the Warren Christopher Scholarship Committee.  In 2008, the National Law Journal named Mayorkas one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”

In 1998, Senator Dianne Feinstein recommended Mayorkas to be the United States Attorney for the Central District of California.  Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate, Mayorkas became the youngest U.S. Attorney in the nation and the first in the Central District of California to be appointed from within the Office.  Mayorkas led an office of 240 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and oversaw the prosecution of cases of national and international significance.  He served as the Vice-Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights and as a member of the Subcommittee on Ethics in Government.

From 1989 to 1998, Mayorkas served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.  From 1996 to 1998, he served as Chief of the Office’s General Crimes Section, overseeing the training and trial work of all new Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Criminal Division.  He has received numerous awards and commendations from federal and local law enforcement for his work as a federal prosecutor.