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DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he would reconstitute the council in the next few weeks as he transitions to a new model for the committee.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, left, appear with President Joe Biden during a virtual meeting. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

By DANIEL LIPPMAN

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The Biden administration has fired 32 members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, according to a letter to members of the council obtained by POLITICO.

A letter sent Friday by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told members that he has ended the “terms of current HSAC members effective March 26, 2021.”

“I am considering how the HSAC can bring the greatest value to the Department and how the expertise, judgment, and counsel of its members can be harnessed most effectively to advance the Department’s mission,” he wrote. “I expect to work closely with the HSAC and to rely on its Members to help guide the Department through a period of change.” He thanked the members of the council for their service.

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