Biden Signs Executive Order: Grants Limited Waiver To Enable Krishnaswami to Carry Out Duties

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 19, 2021)–today President Joe Biden signed an executive order  which grants a “limited waiver of the requirements of
Section 1, Paragraph 3 of the Executive Order for Ms. Charanya Krishnaswami.

Ms. Krishnaswami tweets are protected: 


Charanya Krishnaswami and advocate with  Amnesty International sought legal action against the Trump Administration that cited “the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason to expel thousands of children, as well as adults and other asylum seekers.”

A federal judge ruled in Krishnaswami favor “ruled that the expulsions of unaccompanied children are unlawful,” she said. “Some are being sent to Mexico, some are being rapidly repatriated to their countries of origin, but the common thread is that they’re not getting any due process at all.”

Biden said, “I have determined this waiver is necessary and it is in the public interest to grant this waiver to enable Ms. Krishnaswami to effectively carry out her duties as Senior Counselor to the Secretary for Immigration at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

Biden added “Here, these factors demonstrate that it is in the public interest to grant a limited waiver to Ms. Krishnaswami. The government has a critical need for Ms. Krishnaswami’s services as Senior Counselor to the Secretary for Immigration. This position impacts several of the Department’s important national security and related missions. Ms. Krishnaswami is also uniquely qualified to meet the government’s needs. She has vital expertise in domestic and international migration and asylum issues and extensive experience in immigration litigation, congressional advocacy and policymaking, and international refugee protection. Additionally, Ms. Krishnaswami’s prior lobbying activities were rendered on behalf of a nonprofit organization, she did not lobby on behalf of any paying clients, and she exclusively worked with Congress on human rights priorities.

In conclusion Biden said “the adjustments that would be necessary to maintain other limitations on Ms. Krishnaswami’s services are anticipated to result in serious limitations and inefficiencies in the Department, and she would be unable to capably perform the duties of the position. “

Read the Entire Memo From Robert Fairweather, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget



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