President Biden Picks Nominees For USCIS, CBP
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President Joe Biden has chosen Ur Jaddou to lead U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Chris Magnus to
lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), according to
reports. Below are biographical highlights.
Ur Jaddou, USCIS nominee. A White House statement notes that Ms.
Jaddou has two decades of experience in immigration law, policy,
and administration. Most recently, she was Director of DHS Watch, a
project of America’s Voice. She is an adjunct professor of law
at American University’s Washington College of Law, and counsel
at Potomac Law Group, PLLC. From June 2014 to January 2017, she was
Chief Counsel for USCIS. She also served as Chief Counsel to the
House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Immigration, and as
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional, Global and Functional
Affairs in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the Department of
State. Ms. Jaddou is a daughter of immigrants from Mexico (mother)
and Iraq (father), and was born in California. She earned
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University
and a law degree from UCLA School of Law.
Chris Magnus, CBP nominee. The White House statement notes that
Mr. Magnus is Police Chief in Tucson, Arizona. He has a long career
in public safety, including with the Lansing, Michigan, police
department and serving as Police Chief in Fargo, North Dakota;
Richmond, California; and Tucson, Arizona. In those roles, Mr.
Magnus focused on relationship-building between the police and
community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting
reform, and police accountability. Because of Tucson’s
proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, Mr. Magnus has “extensive
experience in addressing immigration issues,” the White House
said. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from
Michigan State University and attended the Senior Executives in
State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s
Kennedy School of Government.
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