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Immigration Law

Olavarria, Moran Leave Biden Immigration Team; PWS Comments

Politico West Wing Playbook, Jan. 6, 2022

"ESTHER OLAVARRIA, the deputy assistant to the president for immigration at the Domestic Policy Council and one of the key decision-makers on immigration inside the White House, is retiring, a White House spokesperson confirmed to West Wing Playbook. SUSAN RICE, the head of the DPC, said in the statement that, “I could not be more grateful for Esther Olavarria’s myriad contributions to the Biden-Harris Administration, particularly her work to reverse the cruel and reckless policies of the previous Administration and to implement President Biden’s vision for a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system. “ She added: “I often call Esther the ‘OG’ of immigration." A source familiar with the situation said that Olavarria has not decided what her last day will be and the White House expects she’ll keep working for some time. Olavarria is the latest White House official working on immigration to depart. TYLER MORAN, Biden’s senior adviser for migration, is leaving at the end of January, as we first reported last month."

[NOTE: Former BIA Chair Hon. Paul W. Schmidt comments: "As to the claims that the Olavarria and Moran departures were “normal,” don’t believe a word of it. Senior level policy advisors who believe their views are respected, making government better, and saving lives don’t “retire” after a few months on the job. It’s not like they weren’t bright enough to know their jobs would be highly stressful and personally inconvenient when they accepted their positions."]