May 19, 2021

Durbin Meets with Biden's Nominee to Lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met virtually with Ur Jaddou, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  During their meeting, Durbin and Jaddou discussed the need to evaluate and strengthen our nation’s immigration system, including protecting Dreamers.

“Under the Trump Administration, the Department of Homeland Security was plagued by chaos, mismanagement, and cruelty,” said Durbin. “Fixing our broken immigration system remains one of my top priorities in Congress, and that includes having a dedicated leader at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  After four years of turmoil, Ur Jaddou’s experience and leadership will help bring professionalism and integrity to DHS.  I look forward to her nomination hearing before the Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks.”

A photo of today’s meeting is available here.

Prior to this role, Jaddou’s decades-long career working on immigration issues includes serving as Chief Counsel for USCIS; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional, Global, and Functional Affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs; and Majority Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law under Chair Zoe Lofgren.

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