Blas Nunez-Neto, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Immigration Policy

Blas Nunez-Neto

Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Immigration Policy

Blas Nunez-Neto was born in Argentina and came to the U.S. at age 9 with his mother. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He received an M.G.A. in government administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. 

He spent 11 years with the Congressional Research Service (CRS). He served the U.S. Senate as the chief advisor on issues related to border security and immigration enforcement. He coordinated and led the CRS-wide Homeland Security Appropriations Team. He served as senior advisor to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection for two years. 

He has been a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. 

He was appointed to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Immigration Policy, assuming office in March 2021. 

In the News…

Assistant DHS Secretary Blas Nunez-Neto said, that though the United States is a superpower, it cannot stop poor economic migrants from flooding into the country.

He stated, “The bottom line is: When you look at what people go through to come here — these people that we’re encountering on the border now that have crossed the Darien jungle [in Panama] — if you go down and look at the Darién, you can’t believe the number of people that are transiting that area every day …  It’s families with small kids. So if [they]’re willing to do that, there’s very little we can do at the border that’s going to stop people from coming if we don’t also give them the hope that there’s a legal way to come here.” 

In 2022, Nunez-Neto’s Office of Border and Immigration Policy received $97 billion to stop illegal migration. Addressing allegations that he and Secretary Mayorkas are encouraging the overwhelming number of migrants, Assistant Secretary Nunez-Neto said, “We are, in fact, enforcing the laws that Congress enacted.”

He admitted the cartels have vast power, adding, “We fully believe we could see another increase in migration.” He continued, “We hear a lot like, ‘You could just shut the border down, if you wanted to.‘ And that’s not true. We have laws that allow people to claim asylum at the border when they’re encountered.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Assistant Secretary Nunez-Neto today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Blas Nunez-Neto 
Assistant Secretary for Border and Immigration Policy 
Department of Homeland Security 
2707 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE 
Washington, DC 20528 


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