The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security was in Vermont yesterday

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security was in Vermont yesterday as part of an effort to recognize the service of some of the agency’s employees in the state and across the country.

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made a brief stop at a South Burlington office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the Department of Homeland Security.

While in South Burlington, Mayorkas presented 12 department employees with a Secretary’s award. USCIS has about 1,600 employees in Vermont.

 “There is no higher calling than public service,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “The personnel throughout our department give so much of themselves to keep our communities safe and to better the lives of others.”

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