For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
PHOENIX – Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas today concluded a trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix for a series of workforce engagements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) personnel. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also met with local elected officials and law enforcement to discuss the ongoing collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security to safeguard local communities.
While in Los Angeles, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas participated in a panel discussion with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Mayor’s Chief of Immigrant Affairs Linda Lopez and California Community Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Antonia Hernandez. During the panel, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas discussed the Department’s implementation efforts related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the economic benefits of the recent administrative actions on immigration for the City of Los Angeles. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas reiterated the need for Congress to pass an appropriations bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security as soon as possible.
While in Los Angeles, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also met with Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, emphasizing the importance of enhanced communication and information sharing between the Department and state and local law enforcement.
Deputy Secretary Mayorkas then traveled to San Francisco, where he met with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Gregory Suhr, and other local officials to discuss the Department’s commitment to working with local communities to ensure that we effectively and sensibly enforce our Nation’s immigration laws.
In Phoenix, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas participated in DHS employee town hall discussions with ICE and USCIS personnel, to thank them for their service and for responsibly implementing the Department’s policies and enforcement priorities.