This includes what he called “years of… outright cruelty at DHS,” an apparent reference to Mr. Trump’s immigration policies such as separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border.
The incoming president shot the outgoing president, who has been accused of pressuring his national security leaders to bring him conclusions that match his personal beliefs, when he said: “They will tell me what i need to know, not what i want to know. “
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said the team she and the new commander-in-chief chosen would follow the “facts”, another dig at Mr Trump’s home.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Mr Biden’s choice to head the Department of Homeland Security, an immigrant of Cuban origin would be the first Latino to head the agency, spoke of his journey after being introduced by the president.
“I will work day and night in the service of our nation,” he said, “and to honor my parents”.
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The family fled the Castro Revolution to the United States when he was young.
Coincidentally, Tuesday was her birthday.
“Happy birthday, man,” Mr. Biden said, turning to nod at his DHS candidate. “He is 21 years old.
Everyone in the room laughed and the President-elect smiled broadly.
The department he is asked to lead “has a noble mission to help us ensure our security and to advance our proud history as a host country,” said Mayorkas.
“I am proud that for the first time the department is led by an immigrant, a Latino, who knows that we are a nation of laws and values,” the president-elect said of his candidate.
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