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LIVE NOW: El Paso@RepEscobar  is joined by #ElPaso  leaders to discuss Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas' visit to El Paso.

"The message is quite clear: do not come." As the border sees a surge in migrants seeking asylum, @MarthaRaddatz  presses DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas on the administration's messaging on immigration.

HOMELAND SECURITY SEC PRESSED ON BORDER SECURITY: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the future of DHS.

Read about Sec Alejandro Mayorkas' life, Biden’s DHS chief fled the Nazis and then Cuba before arriving in the United States

IMMIGRATION: Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas: "We are not apprehending a 9-year old... whose loving parents had sent that child alone -- we're not expelling that 9-year-old child to Mexico when that child's country of origin was Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador."

"We are hoping to reunite the families, either here or in the country of origin," DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas says. If they are reunited in the U.S., he adds, "we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States."

In the strongest indication yet that the Biden administration hopes to stop detaining migrant families, Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas told NBC News that a detention center is "not where a family belongs.” By @jacobsoboroff  @jujedwards 

DHS Sec Alejandro Mayorkas is defending Biden administration's handling of unaccompanied minors. He said they are not expelling minors & trying to be as human as possible. Context: Children who crossed the border alone are being confined in govt shelters.

Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday that President Biden is exploring a legal pathway to citizenship for families of undocumented immigrants that were separated at the southern border

DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas said during a press briefing Monday that President Joe Biden is exploring a legal pathway to citizenship for families of undocumented immigrants that were separated at the southern border during the Trump administration.


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NEW: DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas: "To put it succinctly: the prior administration dismantled our nation's immigration system in its entirety...Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted."

DHS Sec nominee Alejandro Mayorkas: "I don't drive to be a govt servant & serve the American public to cut ribbons around the country & have fun. I work really hard & I have worked really, really hard throughout my nearly 20 years of govt service to bring honor to the office."

Happening now, a packed schedule of cabinet confirmation hearings: -DHS Sec nominee Alejandro Mayorkas -Treasury Sec nominee Janet Yellen -Director of National Intelligence nominee Avril Haines Later today: -Sec of State nominee Antony Blinken -Defense Sec nominee Lloyd Austin

Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Biden's choice for DHS Sec., will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the dept., if confirmed by the Senate.

NEW: President-elect Biden announces key picks for his foreign policy team: • Sec of State: Antony BlinkenHomeland Security Sec: Alejandro Mayorkas • DNI: Avril Haines • US Amb to UN: Linda Thomas-Greenfield • NSA: Jake SullivanClimate Envoy: John Kerry

JUST IN: Joe Biden announces key roles: -Tony Blinken as sec of state -Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS secretary -Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador -John Kerry as climate envoy with NSC seat -Avril Haines as Director of Ntl Intelligence -Jake Sullivan as Ntl Security Adviser

Biden Transition announces Blinken, Sec of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, Sec of Homeland Security; Avril Haines, Dir of National Intelligence; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Amb to United Nations; Jake Sullivan, Nat Sec Adv; and John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

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Biden cabinet picks so far: Sec’y of State: Anthony Blinken Nat’l. Sec. Advisor: Jake Sullivan Dir. Of Nat’l Intel: Avril Haines DHS: Alejandro Mayorkas U.N.: Linda Thomas-Greenfield Climate Special Envoy: John Kerry

Now official from @Transition46 : -- Tony Blinken for State --Alejandro Mayorkas for DHS --Avril Haines as DNI --Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN Ambassador --Jake Sullivan as Natl Sec Adviser --John Kerry as Climate Envoy