Chris Richardson: Leaving Diplomacy For Immigration Law

Jul 16, 2018

Shortly after President Donald Trump signed the immigration ban, thousands of state department employees issued a dissent cable to Rex Tillerson.

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Last month, the Supreme Court decided to uphold the ban. Chris Richardson, once a former U.S. diplomat, has now become an immigration lawyer at an Atlanta firm.


Richardson was stationed in Madrid, Spain, as an American Citizens Service chief at the time the ban was first implemented in 2017. The Emory University graduate was among those working for the state department who were concerned about the implications this ban would have. 

On Second Thought spoke with Richardson about his life as a diplomat under the Trump administration and what he’s been doing since he resigned.