The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 Thursday to advance President Joe Biden’s nomination of Ur Jaddou for director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Key Points:

  • Jaddou’s nomination will now go to the full Senate for a vote.
  • Jaddou served as chief counsel for USCIS from June 2014 to January 2017. More recently, she was director at DHS Watch, an America’s Voice organization dedicated to promoting good governance, transparency and accountability in immigration policy.
  • Jaddou would become the first woman to be director of USCIS if confirmed, a point Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) made in introductory remarks Thursday.

Additional Information: Biden announced Jaddou’s nomination in April, and the Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing May 26. As director of USCIS, Jaddou would lead the agency’s efforts to improve immigration policies and processes, including the implementation of President Joe Biden’s Feb. 2 Executive Order on legal immigration. BAL will continue to track the confirmation process and USCIS’s policies on immigration, and will provide updates on important developments as they occur.

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