President Biden’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ur Jaddou, has promised to reduce visa backlogs and ensure the long-term solvency of the beleaguered federal agency.
Jaddou, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a nomination hearing on Wednesday, said she would focus on returning USCIS to firmer financial footing after the agency asked Congress for a billion-dollar bailout last year, as well as address the crippling visa backlogs that have left hundreds of thousands of would-be immigrants in limbo.
“My most immediate responsibilities if confirmed will be to return the agency to firm solvency, resolve dramatically increasing processing times and backlogs, and utilize 21st-century tools,” she said.
Jaddou, the daughter of Mexican and Iraqi immigrants, has two decades of experience in immigration policy, law, and administration, according to a biography provided by the White House. She served as chief counsel at USCIS from June 2014 to January 2017. She is a graduate of Stanford and UCLA School of Law.
During the hearing, she argued that her experience and existing relationships with former colleagues gave her a “head start,” and that her goal would be to “ensure the hardworking and dedicated men and women at USCIS have the resources, support, and leadership they need to carry out their roles without undue difficulty. “
For more information, view the full hearing here.