Friday, May 7, 2021

Biden Nominates Women & Latinos for His Administration

As of yesterday, President- elect Joe Biden nominated the first woman, Avril Haines, to lead the U.S. Intelligence community and the first Latino, Alejandro Mayorkas, to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Haines was a former top CIA official and deputy national security adviser, and she will make history if confirmed by the Senate. Mayorkas’ main duty will be to rebuild the agency which carried out some of the most severe measures under the Trump Administration and their dreadful immigration policies.

Since the election results, Biden has been moving efficiently to nominate his upcoming administration despite Trump’s efforts to reverse the election results and stop the transition. Some of the other Biden nominees are: Antony Blinken, next secretary of state, Linda Thomas Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Jake Sullivan, national security adviser.

Thus far, the nominees chosen by Biden reflect the desire to construct a diverse Cabinet with experts in public policy and extensive experience in government. In a statement, Biden stated that “Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits or without diversity of background and perspective. It’s why I’ve selected them.”

CNN