Rep. Lofgren statement on Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

March 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following statement today in response to an Inspector General report concerning Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:

"I have known Alejandro Mayorkas since he was first appointed to serve as the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services several years ago, and have always found him with a deep respect for the rule of law and a strong interest in the programs he administers. He has made serving the public interest and enhancing program integrity a top priority throughout his tenure."

"I was pleased to see that following an exhaustive investigation involving dozens of interviews and more than one million emails and related files, the Inspector General was unable to produce any evidence of impropriety by Director Mayorkas."

"Certainly we can draw lessons from this report, such as the need to not only do the right thing – as Director Mayorkas invariably has – but also take pains to maintain the public's confidence and trust while we do so. But we should remain mindful that any conclusions we draw from this report must be grounded in the actual facts and findings it contains."

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