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    Quote Originally Posted by twisted View Post
    ...oh wait capish?
    We are going to get in trouble using capish, I think heckler has that one copyrighted lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunz View Post
    We are going to get in trouble using capish, I think heckler has that one copyrighted lol.
    Ooops strike that capish ....sorry heckler😯

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    if you all replace WTF with porca dio youll be forgiven

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    Capisce...you wanna be gangsters....

    I'm trying to bring back "coolies"....please assist in the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckler7 View Post
    if you all replace WTF with porca dio youll be forgiven
    We should prolly keep that out of the bible thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunz View Post
    I'm sure your resume outshines this.


    Alejandro Mayorkas

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    Alejandro Mayorkas
    United States Secretary of Homeland Security
    Nominee
    Assuming office
    TBD
    President Joe Biden (elect)
    Succeeding Kirstjen Nielsen (de jure)
    Chad Wolf (de facto)
    6th United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
    In office
    December 23, 2013 October 28, 2016
    President Barack Obama
    Preceded by Jane Holl Lute
    Succeeded by Elaine Duke
    Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
    In office
    August 12, 2009 December 23, 2013
    President Barack Obama
    Preceded by Jonathan Scharfen (acting)
    Succeeded by Lori Scialabba (acting)
    United States Attorney for the Central District of California
    In office
    December 21, 1998[1] April 20, 2001
    President Bill Clinton
    George W. Bush
    Preceded by Nora Margaret Manella[2]
    Succeeded by Debra Wong Yang[3]
    Personal details
    Born November 24, 1959 (age 61)
    Havana, Cuba
    Political party Democratic
    Education University of California, Berkeley (BA)
    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (JD)
    Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas (born November 24, 1959) is an American lawyer and former government official. Born in Cuba, he grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as well as Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. During the Clinton administration, Mayorkas served as U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. During the Obama administration, he served in the Department of Homeland Security, first as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (200913) and then as Deputy Secretary (201314). In 2016, he became a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, a Washington, D.C. law firm. On November 23, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced that he has nominated Mayorkas to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security in the his Cabinet.
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    Early life and education


    Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas[4] was born in Havana, Cuba, on November 24, 1959.[5] His parents arrived with him and his sister to the United States in 1960 as refugees, following the Cuban Revolution. He lived in Miami, Florida, before his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was raised for the remainder of his youth.[6]
    His father was a Cuban Jew of Sephardic background and his mother a Romanian Jew whose family escaped the Holocaust and fled to Cuba in the 1940s[7][8][9] where his father owned and operated a steel wool factory.[6]
    Mayorkas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1985.[10]
    Career

    Assistant United States Attorney

    After three years as a litigation associate in private practice, Mayorkas became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California in 1989. He prosecuted a wide array of federal crimes, developing a specialization in the prosecution of white-collar crime. His prosecutions included the successful prosecution of Operation PolarCap, then the largest money laundering case in the nation; the conviction at trial of Heidi Fleiss on charges of federal conspiracy, tax fraud, and money laundering charges; the successful prosecutions of two largest telemarketing fraud operations that preyed on the elderly; and the successful prosecution of a health care fraud and insurance fraud conspiracy.[10]
    Mayorkas served as the coordinator of the Southern California Telemarketing Fraud Task Force, overseeing the coordination of federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies to most aggressively combat telemarketing fraud throughout the Central District of California.[10]
    From 1996 to 1998, Mayorkas served as Chief of the Office's General Crimes Section, overseeing the training and trial work of all new Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division. He received numerous awards from federal law enforcement agencies, including from FBI Director Louis Freeh for the successful prosecution of Operation PolarCap.[10]
    United States Attorney

    In 1998, Mayorkas was recommended by Senator Dianne Feinstein and appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, becoming the country's youngest United States Attorney.[11][10]
    Mayorkas oversaw the prosecution of high-profile criminal cases, including the prosecution of the Mexican Mafia in death penalty proceedings, the prosecution of Buford O. Furrow, Jr. for the murder of a federal postal worker and the hate-motivated shooting of children in a community center, the prosecution of Litton Industries for the payment of bribes abroad, and the takedown of the violent 18th Street gang using RICO statutes.[10]
    In late 2000, Mayorkas was one of many California officials who participated in efforts to obtain executive clemency for narcotics trafficker Carlos Vignali, Jr., the son of a wealthy Los Angeles businessman. On his last day in office in January 2001, Clinton commuted Vignali's 15-year prison sentence, a controversial decision.[12][13]
    As the U.S. Attorney, Mayorkas created the Civil Rights Section to prosecute hate crimes and other acts of intolerance and discrimination more effectively, and served as Vice Chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights and as a member of the Subcommittee on Ethics in Government. He received numerous law enforcement and community awards, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's highest award for the successful prosecution of Buford O. Furrow, Jr.[14]
    Private law practice

    In September 2001, Mayorkas joined the international law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP as a litigation partner, representing Fortune 100 and other companies in high profile and sensitive investigations and trial court cases. He advised boards of directors and top executives, covering a wide array of industries including telecommunications, health care, consumer safety, aerospace, and media. He was a member of the firm's governing Policy Committee, Chair of the firm's Values Awards Committee, Chair of the Warren Christopher Scholarship Committee, and a recipient of the firm's Values Award.[15] In 2008, The National Law Journal named Mayorkas one of the "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America."[16]
    Upon the election of Barack Obama in November 2008, Mayorkas was selected by the president-elect for a role in the presidential transition leading up to the inauguration. He led the transition team responsible for the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.[17]
    Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    In 2009, Mayorkas was appointed by President Obama as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).[18] On May 20, 2009, the nomination was received by the Senate; on August 7, 2009, the nomination was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote.[19] As CIS director, Mayorkas championed United States citizenship, management efficiencies and fiscal responsibility, and safeguarding the integrity of the immigration system.[20] He implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process in 60 days.[21] He led U.S. government efforts to rescue orphaned children following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and led the advancement of a crime victims unit that, for the first time, resulted in the ability of the agency to administer the statutory maximum number of visas to victims of crime.[20]
    For his work as director of USCIS, Mayorkas received awards from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.[22]
    In 2015, a Department of Homeland Security inspector general (DHS IG) report criticized Mayorkas' oversight of the EB-5 investor visa program, which offered lawful permanent resident status (green cards) to foreign investors who invested a half-million dollars into businesses that created jobs in the U.S.[23] The program's popularity greatly increased under Mayorkas's tenure.[23] The DHS IG report, which was the culmination of an investigation beginning in 2013,[24] focused on allegations that politically connected businesses were given special treatment under the program, focusing specifically on the Sahara casino and hotel in Las Vegas, backed by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and an electric car company led by Terry McAuliffe and involving Anthony Rodham.[23] The report concluded that "The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas' communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness and evenhandedness in adjudicating benefits, created an appearance of favoritism and special access."[23] The "fast-tracking" of approvals for individuals involved in the casino program was controversial because it was made over the objections of USCIS analysts "who were suspicious about the source of the funds."[25]
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

    Mayorkas was promoted to the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Jane Holl Lute from that post. Nominated by Obama in June 2013, Mayorkas was confirmed as the Deputy Secretary on December 20, 2014 following a party-line Senate vote.[26][4] Upon his confirmation, he became the highest-ranking Cuban-American in the Obama administration.[5]
    The DHS inspector general's investigation into Mayorkas's intervention as CIS director to expedite reviews for applicants for foreign investor visas in three cases caused controversy and delayed his confirmation proceedings.[27][28] The inspector general's report found that Mayorkas's acts did not violate the law, but did create an appearance of favoritism.[27] In House Homeland Security Committee testimony in May 2015, Mayorkas expressed regret that his intervention created an impression of favoritism, but said his involvement was motivated by a desire to ensure that the applications were handled in accordance with the law: "I did not let errors go unchecked, but instead helped ensure that those cases were decided correctly, nothing more and nothing less."[28]
    As deputy secretary, Mayorkas's work focused on cybersecurity.[28] He led the DHS's negotiations with Israel and China on cybersecurity.[29] After the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, Mayorkas led the Obama administration's delegation to Cuba,[29] and negotiated with the Cuban government on port and cargo security and U.S.-Cuba travel.[8]
    Mayorkas was also involved in the Department's counterterrorism and anti-cybercrime efforts, the Department's presence on GAO's "high risk list" for management challenges, and public-private partnerships,[30] as well as DHS's efforts to fight antisemitism.[8]
    Return to private practice, 2017-2020

    In October 2016, Mayorkas joined the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in the firm's Washington office.[31] In March 2017, Mayorkas was named by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America.[32] In June 2017, Mayorkas was selected to serve as the Chairman of the United States Chamber of Commerce's Cyber Leadership Council, beginning July 2017.[33] In 2019, Latino Leaders Magazine named him one of the 101 most influential American Latinos.[34]
    Secretary of Homeland Security designate

    On November 23, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced his plan to nominate Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security.[35][36]
    Personal life

    Mayorkas is married and has three daughters.[8] He is Jewish.[8]
    References





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    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunz View Post
    We are going to get in trouble using capish, I think heckler has that one copyrighted lol.
    Uncle Jesse copyrighted that way before heckler

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    be careful with heckler, he is a serial negger
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    Ooops strike that capish ....sorry heckler

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    So the guy with a boner for some Cuban being named as homeland security guy is going to call someone out for being racist..... yeah ok

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