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Former Filipino American Solicitor General on Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee List

A Filipino American lawyer is on a list of 20 people that President Trump says he will consider nominating to the U.S. Supreme Court, Syracuse.com reports.

Noel Francisco, 51, is a lawyer originally from Oswego, New York. He served as the country’s 48th U.S. Solicitor General under Trump from early 2017 until July when he left to rejoin Jones Day law firm in D.C., Asian Journal reports. He was the first Asian American solicitor general.

Francisco received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School.

As solicitor general, Francisco argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court, according to Syracuse.com. The cases included issues of like religious liberty, free speech and separation of powers. He successfully argued in favor of Trump’s travel ban.

Francisco has spoken about his Filipino American heritage in the past. At a DOJ Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month program in May 2018, Francisco spoke about how his father’s journey inspired him, Asian Journal reports.

Francisco’s father came to the U.S. to attend medical school. His schooling was paid for by his relatives back in the Philippines.

“We came here on the shoulders of immigrants who had the courage to cross oceans in search of a better life,” Francisco said.

Francisco is on a list that includes U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas; and Josh Hawley, R-Missouri.

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