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León Rodríguez '84 ─ USCIS/Administration Priorities: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Refugee Admissions, Screening and Vetting, and Citizenship

Friday, November 4, 2016

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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León Rodríguez '84 was confirmed by the Senate in June 2014 and sworn in on July 9, 2014, as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

He previously served as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, he served as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Previously, Rodríguez was county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 2007 to 2010. He was a principal at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2007. He served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001, first as chief of the White Collar Crimes Section from 1998 to 1999 and then as first assistant U.S. Attorney until his departure.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rodríguez was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division at DOJ from 1994 to 1997 and a senior assistant district attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York from 1988 to 1994​.

Rodríguez is the son of immigrants who came from Cuba in 1961, and was raised speaking Spanish at home.

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