The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced President
Ur Jaddou, the California-born daughter of Mexican and Iraqi immigrants, was approved by the Senate panel in a party-line 11-10 vote, with one abstention from Sen. Tom Tillis (R-N.C.). Her confirmation hearing was on May 26. She’s been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as immigrant rights groups and a union representing USCIS employees.
In addition to serving as chief counsel at USCIS—a part of the Department of Homeland Security charged with administering U.S. immigration—Jaddou led a DHS watchdog project with the progressive immigration advocacy organization America’s Voice.
Citing reasons for his opposition to her nomination as the meeting began, the committee’s ranking Republican,
“I’ve long had concern about DHS’s unlawful use of parole authority to grant parole to large classes of people,” he said.
After leaving USCIS in 2017, Jaddou was counsel at the Washington law firm Potomac Law Group PLLC, and served on Biden’s transition team.
If confirmed, she will face demands for the agency to address ballooning visa backlogs and calls for changes to its rules for programs such as the H-1B visa for skilled workers.