Mayorkas is first Latino and first immigrant to head the department, which oversees immigration and domestic security.

President-elect Joe Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas has been confirmed [File: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo]

President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, was confirmed Tuesday by the United States Senate.

Mayorkas, who was confirmed by a 56-43 vote, was the first of Biden’s cabinet picks to face major Republican backlash in the chamber, including a filibuster, which Democrats broke on Thursday.

The Cuban-born Mayorkas is the first Latino head of homeland security and also the first immigrant to head the department, which was created in 2002 and oversees an array of immigration, counterterrorism, disaster relief, border security

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