CHIRLA is Proud to Honor Alejandro Mayorkas at our CHIRLA's 2013 Spring Gala.
Alejandro Mayorkas is the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Nominated by President Obama in April 2009, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in August 2009. As 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. He is responsible for enhancing USCIS efforts to provide accurate and useful information to customers, grant immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system. Director Mayorkas is responsible for an 18,000 member workforce throughout more than 200 offices worldwide and oversees a $3 billion annual budget. Prior to his appointment as the Director of USCIS, Mayorkas was a partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. In 2008, the National Law Journal recognized Mayorkas as 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, he became the youngest U.S. Attorney to serve the nation at that time. 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.
As the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Alejandro Mayorkas has been a leader in the effort to assist and integrate immigrants in this country. CHIRLA welcomes the opportunity to highlight the full spectrum of his contributions to immigrant communities, including his leadership around the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and the Family Unity Waiver, and his support for citizenship. We are excited to share Director Mayorkas’ deep commitment to these issues, and are proud to honor his support for the immigrant community here tonight.