Senate Confirms Ur Mendoza Jaddou as Director of USCIS23 Aug 2021
The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Biden’s nominee, Ur Mendoza Jaddou, to serve as the Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Director Jaddou, whose mother is from Mexico and father is from Iraq, is the first woman to be confirmed by the Senate to lead the USCIS.
Background on Director Jaddou
Director Jaddou has been working on immigration issues for much of her career. She previously served as the Chief Counsel for the USCIS, and worked for the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship in the U.S. House of Representatives. After President Biden was elected in November 2020, Jaddou was appointed to head the transition review team for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Upon assuming her new role, Director Jaddou issued a statement giving thanks for the opportunity to lead the USCIS, and emphasizing her understanding that the United States is made stronger because it is a nation of immigrants. As she explained, “I will work each and every day to ensure our nation’s legal immigration system is managed in a way that honors our heritage as a nation of welcome and as a beacon of hope to the world; reducing unnecessary barriers, and supporting our agency’s modernization.” Director Jaddou has indicated that some of her top priorities will be to address processing times and backlogs, and to help modernize the USCIS.
Director Jaddou is well qualified to run the USCIS. She appears to understand the importance of immigrants to the United States, a nation of immigrants, as well as the importance of the U.S. continuing to attract global talent.
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