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Immigration hawk promoted to U.S. homeland security acting deputy

By Ted Hesson

 

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FILE PHOTO: Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks to the news media at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration named immigration hawk Ken Cuccinelli to the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, the same day it installed an acting secretary who became the agency's fifth leader in three years.

 

Chad Wolf told department staff in an email he had been sworn in as acting secretary, and that Cuccinelli would become acting deputy.

 

The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Wolf earlier in the day as undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans, a procedural move that allowed the administration to move him into the secretary position on a temporary basis.

 

Wolf, previously chief of staff to former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, will be the fifth official to lead DHS under Trump. He will replace outgoing acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, whose resignation Trump announced in October.

 

The personnel changes came as Trump has made immigration a central part of his 2020 reelection campaign. The Republican president has railed against illegal immigration, a stance at odds with the Democratic candidates.

 

Cuccinelli joined the administration in June as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Under his leadership, the agency proposed a range of regulatory changes to toughen the asylum process and other aspects of the legal immigration system.

 

Wolf praised Cuccinelli in his email, calling him "a constant and vocal advocate" for department employees.

 

U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized Wolf's appointment and argued that the best candidates would not agree to work with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, Trump's leading aide on immigration.

 

"There are people in government who could help run the department temporarily, but when the job requirements include being a yes-man to the president and having Stephen Miller's stamp of approval, no one qualified wants the job," Thompson said.

 

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on the Senate floor on Tuesday that he trusted Wolf would do an "admirable job" if asked to serve as acting secretary.

 

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan, another immigration hardliner, has been considered as a possible nominee for the job on a permanent basis, according to two former Trump administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

(Reporting by Ted Hesson; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Richard Chang)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-11-14
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Trump only hires the best people. Is that why they are all acting and not permanent.

 

its ok, as usual he will be gone in a few months. As usual.

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Wow we get to incessantly rant about kids in cages again. I was beginning to miss that little catch phrase. 

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11 minutes ago, Cryingdick said:

Wow we get to incessantly rant about kids in cages again. I was beginning to miss that little catch phrase. 

Because of course ‘kids in cages’ is not something to rant about.

 

 

 

 

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39 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Because of course ‘kids in cages’ is not something to rant about.

 

 

 

 

 

Right, because releasing them into the wild to an adult you can't verify their identity is much better. 

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6 minutes ago, Cryingdick said:

 

Right, because releasing them into the wild to an adult you can't verify their identity is much better. 

Yeah so muxh better to have kids in cages than find an alternative.

 

Especially keep them there until they become adults. 

 

Even better why until then. Just keep them locked up permanently.

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1 minute ago, Scott said:

They were taken away from parents and close family members in the very vast majority of cases and there was never a reason to lock them up.

I worked with migrant children held in detention and a long term study was done on the affects of detention on children and it is devastating.   The only group of young people whom I have worked with that suffered greater psychological damage were child soldiers.  

There is a very big reason why we have laws against holding children in jail or secure facilities unless they present a clear danger to themselves or others.  

 

 

So you just let them out and say you are free? You release them to people that you do not know the relationship? If it is your kid you want it released to some random guy nick named the mule? As sad as it is, this plays into the tactics. You don't want to be apprehended do not enter the USA illegally. 

 

Do not rent children from cartel members because you assume you can gain entry. If any of those kids is released and harmed there would be outrage. Other than when AOC went down and staged some pics and made bizarre claims, most of the claims about conditions have been debunked. 

 

We have laws against holding children in jails with adults. No American child is ever held mixed in with an adult population. All of that aside what would you do with the kids? If you say let them and their parents through with no consequence that's just crazy and no country in the world conducts its immigration policy that way.

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