Statement on The Nomination of Next DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), said the following on the nomination of Alejandro "Ali” Mayorkas as the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): 

"Alejandro ‘Ali’ Mayorkas has been a stalwart law enforcement professional for his entire career,” said President Cosme. "During his time as the United States Attorney, Director of Immigration and Naturalization Services, and as the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Ali has continually been a leader that law enforcement could count on.” 

"DHS has and will continue to face tremendous challenges while it protects our nation. Whether it be responding to acts of domestic terror, preventing acts of international terror, responding to natural disasters, keeping our leaders safe, preventing cyber-attacks, or ensuring that our borders are secure and immigration system functional, the Department is in need of experienced and steady leadership,” Cosme said. "FLEOA had a long standing relationship with Ali Mayorkas during his prior service with DHS and has always found him to be reliable, transparent, supportive, and forward thinking.” 

Cosme continued, "One of the critical issues facing law enforcement agencies around the nation is a void of real, principled, and experienced leadership. FLEOA has always advocated that within every federal department and agency, those values what should drive decisions about who to install in leadership positions. It is clear that with Ali Mayorkas, those metrics were met.” 

Cosme finalized with, "For these reasons and to ensure the law enforcement officers in the department have a Secretary that understands them and will work for them, we can think of no better choice than Ali Mayorkas to fill the role as the next Secretary of DHS. We look forward to his confirmation and working with him.” 

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 29,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.