President Biden Set to Bolster His Immigration Reform Team With CBP and USCIS Nominees



Amid the southern border crisis, the White House is scheduled to nominate candidates to head two critical agencies under the Department of Homeland Security— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


These agencies are integral to determining which foreign nationals are allowed to enter and remain in the U.S. CBP is responsible for border security, customs, immigration and facilitating lawful international trade and travel. On the other hand, USCIS adjudicates applications for immigrant and nonimmigrant benefits.


President Biden has selected Chris Magnus to be the Commissioner of CBP. Mr. Magnus currently serves as the chief of police in Tucson, Arizona. The White House statement reported that Magnus has a reputation for being “a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability.”


Due to his current designation along the U.S. Mexican border, Chief Magnus has had a wealth of experience dealing with immigration matters.


POTUS nominated Ur Mendoza Jaddou for the position of Director of USCIS. Ms. Jaddou has had a decorated career in the fields of immigration law, policy and administration. She previously served as counsel for USCIS and to Members of Congress.


Recently, she was at the helm of DHS Watch, a project created by America’s voice. In that role, Ms. Jaddou sensitized the public to “immigration policies and [an] administration that failed to adhere to basic principles of good governance, transparency, and accountability.”

Both of these candidates have a known track record for being critical of President Trump’s immigration policies and are themselves children of immigrants.


These choices appear to be consistent with President Biden’s campaign to effectuate sweeping immigration reform.


The fate of these nominees will be decided by Senate vote, which has a marginal Democratic majority. The Senate is split 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Harris serving as a tiebreaker.


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