Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas visited London on Wednesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts, safety in air travel and the curbing of illegal immigration and human trafficking with his counterparts in the United Kingdom.
Participating in the United States - United Kingdom Joint Contact Group Plenary, he stressed the importance of the two countries collaborating on these issues and the cooperation of law enforcement offices. Improvements to the Visa Waiver Program's Electronic System for Travel Authorization were also discussed, with the system enhancements aimed to allow the U.S. to address and send security support to allied countries.
While in London, Mayorkas met with U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Matthew Barzun and U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss strengthening the security link between the two countries.
Mayorkas also gave a lecture at London School of Economics, where he discussed international collaboration to combat terrorism, human trafficking and cyber crime. He stressed that cooperation between countries would curb these issues.
The following day, he traveled to Paris as a participant of the G6 Ministerial, where he met with counterparts internationally.
Mayorkas began his tenure with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in December 2013. Before that, he was the director of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and was a lawyer. Multiple sources say he's being considered as a candidate for U.S. attorney general.