Waiting in the Wings: A New Leader at USCIS

Waiting in the Wings: A New Leader at USCIS

"The President's nominee as new USCIS Director, Leon Rodriguez, a seasoned federal prosecutor and Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, may be recommended on April 3 in an Executive Business Meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. ... Only a permanent and reform-minded USCIS Director, ushered forcefully through the Senate, even if Democrats are forced to deploy the "Nuclear Option," would have the clout to address ... disturbing trend[s] in lawless [USCIS] adjudication.  Only an outsider with legal background sufficient to master the complexities of the Immigration and Nationality Act and a history of facing and overcoming entrenched bureaucratic lethargy and resistance, could fix the many daunting challenges still unaddressed at USCIS.  Let's hope that Mr. Rodriguez is just such an individual and that his nomination is swiftly approved." - Angelo A. Paparelli, Mar. 31, 2014.