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Starting today, Betsy Lawrence is joining the Biden administration as deputy assistant to the president for immigration. Lawrence is leaving her old role as the chief counsel for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, to replace Esther Olavarria, who retired from her position earlier last month. Prior to Lawrence’s job as chief counsel, she was director of government relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Several members of the immigration space have cheered her new appointment, saying she’s the “right person for the task”. Politico
In other federal immigration news…
Records Reveal Trump DHS Chief’s Election Trips Cost Over $223,000
Records obtained by the watchdog group American Oversight show that four trips former acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf took during the Trump administration to various U.S. states cost $223,652. Of that figure, $221,300 was spent on government planes. It was during this period that DHS held an unusual number of press conferences and speeches promoting Trump’s political platform and amplified through official government channels. Ethics experts and government watchdogs accuse the administration of violating ethics laws by making the nation’s third largest department into an arm of Trump’s campaign under the guise of official business. Time