DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn In: On December 23, Jeh (pronounced “Jay”) Johnson was sworn in as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012 during the first Obama Administration. His career includes extensive service in national security, law enforcement, and as an attorney in private corporate law practice. Also on December 23, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, the second highest ranking official at DHS.
New Passport Office Portends Faster Service: DOS’s Washington Passport Agency recently relocated to a new space in downtown Washington, D.C., and with its new location comes more efficient service. The agency, however, handles only urgent cases for those who need passports within two weeks or a foreign visa within a month. The new building has 90 percent more capacity to move people through, reduces the wait to 30 minutes, and in some cases can provide same-day service for new passports.
California Supreme Court Finds Undocumented Immigrant Can Be Admitted to State Bar: The California Supreme Court concluded that there is no state law or state public policy that would justify precluding undocumented immigrants, as a class, from obtaining a law license in California, and held that the applicant in the case before it possesses the requisite good moral character.