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George Fishman, Acting Chief Counsel, USCIS

Experience and Achievements

George Fishman became the acting chief counsel at the Office of the Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Aug. 10, 2020.

Before joining USCIS, he served as a deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since 2018. In 2019, he completed a detail with the Office of American Innovation in the Executive Office of the President.

At DHS, he was heavily involved in projects such as the design of the Migrant Protection Protocols and in regulatory efforts such as the rule providing for the implementation of Asylum Cooperative Agreements with foreign nations and the Security Bars and Processing proposed rule clarifying that DHS may consider emergency public health concerns based on pandemic communicable diseases when determining whether there are reasonable grounds for regarding an alien as a danger to the security of the United States.

From 1995 to 2018, he served as a counsel, and then chief counsel (or chief minority counsel), for the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. He played a role in the enactment of major pieces of immigration and homeland security legislation, including the 2005 REAL ID Act, the 2002 Homeland Security Act, the 2001 USA PATRIOT ACT and the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

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