The Department of Homeland Security is losing its No. 2 to the private sector.
Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced he will leave the agency for a position with law firm WilmerHale. Mayorkas has been deputy secretary since December 2003, and previously served as the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service director.
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"It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the American people as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. It has been the opportunity of a lifetime," Mayorkas said in a WilmerHale statement.