The border fight with neighbors to the south Mexico is heating up, and with the threat of actually closing the two thousand mile border altogether in the air, President Donald Trump is said to be considering a staff move: the advent of an “immigration czar” to coordinate all immigration activity.
Trump is weighing at least two potential candidates for the post: former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, according to the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the conversations publicly.
Kobach and Cuccinelli are far-right conservatives with strong views on immigration. Cuccinelli was seen at the White House on Monday.
Anonymous sources are generally to be taken with a grain of salt, but this information is so out of the blue, there just might be something there, especially when “aides” are talking about it.
Aides hope the potential appointment, which they caution is still in the planning stages, would serve as the “face” of the administration on immigration issues and would placate both the president and his supporters, showing he is serious and taking action….
A Department of Homeland Security official noted that White House czars have been appointed in the past when there has been an “urgent need” for sustained, inter-agency policy coordination. While Homeland Security often plays a leading role when it comes to immigration policy and enforcement, the department is not in charge of officials at the departments of Health and Human Services, State, Defense and Justice, which often play key roles.
So, this person would be an inter-agency liason of sorts to be sure all policy is actually implemented.
A person positioned within the White House could coordinate immigration policy across various agencies, working closely with aides who are deeply involved in the issue, including senior advisers Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner, national security adviser John Bolton and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who supports the idea.
Clearly something needs to give as the various agencies are having a difficult time getting their [stuff] together when it comes to this issue. At least the president is not simply letting the current situation ride, but is looking to get someone in place to be able to make things happen.