In yet another sign that President Donald Trump and his administration are serious about solving the disaster that is immigration in the American experience at this time, a true immigration hardliner has been appointed as Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
Ken Cuccinelli was promoted to the second-highest leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security, establishing the immigration hardliner as a key player within the Trump administration.
Cuccinelli, the former acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, was named the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, according to a staff email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. His promotion coincided with Chad Wolf’s swearing-in as the latest acting secretary of DHS.
“I’d like to announce that Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli will serve as the senior official performing the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security,” Wolf wrote to staffers on Wednesday. “Ken Cuccinelli has been a constant and vocal advocate for the men and women of the Department who are protecting our borders and restoring integrity to our immigration system.”
Cuccinelli, the former Republican attorney general of Virginia, first joined the White House in June when President Donald Trump appointed him as the acting director United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
This appointment, rather than a true nomination complete with hearings and confirmation from the Senate, is interesting in and of itself. That alone is an indication that President Trump’s administration picks who would stand in opposition to the swamp face an uphill battle of being confirmed to office. And Cuccinelli is one who would be opposed with all barrels loaded.
As the leader of the agency tasked with managing the country’s legal immigration system, Cuccinelli spearheaded a number of initiatives that drew praise from immigration hardliners and ire from immigration-rights activists. Such policies included the “public charge” rule — a proposal to deny green cards to immigrants deemed liked to use government benefits, and most recently a proposal to charge a fee for asylum applications.
Since leading USCIS, Cuccinelli has frequently promoted the Trump administration’s immigration agenda and attacked liberal sanctuary policies on television and on social media — actions that appease the president. He had also gained notoriety for entering into heated exchanges with Democrats during congressional hearings. Now that he is acting deputy secretary of DHS, he is expected to become an even bigger face for the White House’s immigration agenda.
And that is why We the People applaud this appointment.