Judiciary Committee Passes Eduardo Aguirre for Top Immigration Post

In: All News   Posted 06/12/2003

WASHINGTON – Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., of Houston, nominated to be the first director of the new Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Department of Homeland Security, was confirmed by the Judiciary Committee Thursday. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee, said: “Mr. Aguirre understands the important role immigrants play for our nation. As a fellow Texan, I am proud of the contributions Mr. Aguirre has made to our great State and to this country and am confident he will continue to make.” the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services, provides services to immigrants formerly provided by the INS. Cornyn noted that as acting head of BCIS since February, Aguirre is ready for the challenges facing the Bureau, which include eliminating substantial backlogs of pending immigrant cases, and improving immigration services for all who come to this country in search of a better life. Cornyn introduced Aguirre at a confirmation hearing last week, and noted that as an immigrant to the United States from Cuba, his life is an American success story. “He’s a valuable reminder to all of us that immigrants epitomize the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and thirst for liberty that embodies the American dream,” Cornyn said. “As director of BCIS, Mr. Aguirre will build upon his excellent record of leadership, management, and service, on behalf of all our nation’s immigrants, and indeed on behalf of all Americans.” Before starting as acting director of BCIS, Aguirre served as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Export-Import Bank of the United States. In addition to his government and business management experience, Aguirre is an active civic and community leader. Aguirre’s nomination now moves to the full Senate for final confirmation.