Alejandro Mayorkas

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Person.png Alejandro Mayorkas   SourcewatchRdf-icon.png
(lawyer)
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Born1959-11-24
Havana, Cuba
Alma materUC Berkeley, Loyola Law School
PartyDemocratic
A lawyer connected to Bill Clinton's 'Pardongate' episode

Employment.png United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
December 23, 2013 - October 28, 2016
BossJeh Johnson

Commutation of the prison sentence of Carlos Vignali

Mayorkas was the United States Attorney for the Central District of California from 1998 to 2001.[1] According to the Washington Post, this job involved overseeing prosecutions for public corruption, immigration, narcotics trafficking and money laundering.[2]

In 2001, Mayorkas was criticized by the House Committee on Government Reform for his involvement in the commutation of the prison sentence of Carlos Vignali, who had served six years of a fifteen-year sentence for his role in a drug-trafficking operation when he was granted clemency by the then-United-States-President Bill Clinton,[3] one of 176 commutations and pardons performed by Clinton during his last few hours in office.[4]

According to Politico, Mayorkas had phoned the White House to argue that Vignali should be released, apparently in answer to a request by Vignali's father, a well-known Los Angeles businessman.[5] Unknown to Mayorkas, Vignali's father had been suspected of drug trafficking by federal law enforcement, but there had never been enough evidence to bring a case against him. Mayorkas apologized, saying, "It is reasonable to expect that someone in my position would do his or her due diligence to learn that information, ... I made a mistake."[3]


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References

  1. Meyer, Josh (May 1, 2009). "Alejandro Mayorkas tapped to head immigration agency". Los Angeles Times.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  2. Fox, Tom (July 21, 2010). "Immigration Services head: From Havana to Washington D.C." The Washington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2012.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  3. a b Rohrlich, Ted (March 26, 2002). "Informants Named Vignali's Father". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 10, 2012.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  4. "Obama picks Alejandro Mayorkas to head Immigration agency". Daily News, Los Angeles. May 1, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2012.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").
  5. Carrie Budoff Brown (November 14, 2008). "Clinton scandal figure on Justice team". Politico. Retrieved July 10, 2012.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").


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