By Jennifer Doherty (July 30, 2021, 3:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate voted 47-34 on Friday to confirm Ur Mendoza Jaddou to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, setting the agency up to receive its first congressionally approved director since 2019 and its first-ever female leader.
Jaddou's confirmation marks the second top-level immigration seat at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to be filled under the Biden administration — along with DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — after years of ad hoc leadership under former President Donald Trump, a fact Democrats were quick to point out ahead of Friday's vote.
"This is a department in desperate need of capable leadership after four chaotic...
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