FROM THE BORDER – Former Virginia General Counsel and conservative firebrand Ken Cuccinelli II will be hired by the Trump administration to oversee the coordination of immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Cuccinelli will report to acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan who is providing daily briefs to senior White House officials and President Donald Trump.
The leadership at DHS has been shuffled in recent months. Most notably former secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was let go as the Trump administration wanted to go in a strong direction as illegal [Central American] immigrant apprehensions are on the rise and have been at a record high in a dozen years.
Today, there are between 11 million and 22 million illegal aliens living across the U.S., according to Breitbart.
As the crisis grows the Trump administration has moved in a stronger direction and demanded tougher responses from the agency and senior officials. White House adviser Steven Miller is said to support Cuccinelli for the role according to the New York Times.
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was in the run for the spot but was rumored to have pulled out after submitting a list of 10 demands for the position. One of the demands included the need for a private jet to travel to the border and back to his home in Kansas. The list of demands turned off White House officials considering resumes for the role.
Cuccinelli will not take on the role of “immigration czar,” but will focus on ensuring the White House’s immigration priorities are carried out accordingly and timely.
Unlike higher up positions, Cuccinelli will not require Senate confirmation.
Cuccinelli was a CNN legal commentator and backed Trump over the past two years on the southern border crisis. He served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2010 to 2014, and was a strong supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential run. While in Virginia, Cuccinelli sponsored bills focused on integrating undocumented immigrants by compelling employees to speak English in professional workplace settings. He also attempted to repeal birthright citizenship, a stance Trump has endorsed.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.
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