For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
On Oct. 27-30, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to Havana, Cuba to meet with senior Cuban government officials and continue discussions on trade and travel between the United States and Cuba.
DHS is responsible for securing flows of people and ensuring the security of trade between the U.S. and other countries. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, who oversees the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which facilitates lawful travel and trade, will accompany Deputy Secretary Mayorkas to meet with their Cuban counterparts.
Deputy Secretary Mayorkas, the highest ranking Cuban-American in the Administration, was born in Havana, Cuba. His family immigrated to the United States in 1960 and resided in Miami, Florida before moving to California. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas was naturalized as a United States citizen in 1973.