Politics Conservatives are throwing their support behind Performing United States Citizenship and Immigration Solutions (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling him an “steady” advocate of President Trump’s “America First” agenda.
This month, Trump revealed he would soon be changing Performing DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan after the previous Customs and Border Defense (CBP) Commissioner gave an interview to the Washington Post where he knocked the president’s “Absolutely no Tolerance” policy at the border and decried the term “unlawful alien” as having “racial overtones.”
In an open letter to Trump, more than 100 conservatives and companies state Cuccinelli has a “tested” record in implementing the administration’s program.
The letter states:
Conservatives unequivocally support Ken Cuccinelli for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. [Emphasis added]
As acting head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Provider (USCIS), Cuccinelli has shown himself extremely efficient in performing the president’s program on complex and sensitive issues Instead of pulling back from a media that is at times overtly hostile to the president’s enforcement of the law, Cuccinelli has actually consistently been an undeviating, articulate, and extremely well-informed advocate of the policies his firm has put forward [Emphasis added]
Additionally, Cuccinelli is a proven executive with an individual touch, and an outstanding supervisor In a firm with many elements, he will be a leader that develops a team environment in order to get the work accomplished. His tenure at USCIS has actually seen a renewal in firm spirits, and discipline of those trying to undermine the president’s policies [Emphasis added]
As an educated legal representative and former Chief law officer of Virginia, Cuccinelli is uniquely qualified to navigate the intricacies of the many statutes and guidelines DHS is charged with enforcing He understands police priorities and the value of protecting the nation’s homeland. Furthermore, he brings an outsider’s point of view to a bureaucracy of nearly 250,000 people, and will offer fresh insights in processes and redundancies in need of streamlining of a huge federal firm. [Emphasis added]
Cuccinelli is a champ of conservative policies, and a man of unimpeachable character. We have no doubt that he will execute the president’s agenda with the stability, commitment, and quality that we have understood him to bring to every other position. He has our greatest assistance [Emphasis added]
Those who signed the letter consist of Americans for Limited Federal Government President Rick Manning, Conservative Action Task Chairman Alfred Regnery, Republican Politician Research Study Committee Executive Director Scott Parkinson, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Mary Vought, and a handful of former advisers to President Ronald Reagan.
While at USCIS, Cuccinelli has supervised the highest rate of development for Trump’s pro-American immigration agenda, carrying out important policies like the “Public Charge” guideline to prevent welfare-dependent legal migration and a brand-new regulation to ensure that American taxpayers are not funding healthcare for legal immigrants who wish to completely resettle in the U.S.
While Cuccinelli has been rumored to change McAleenan– together with Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan– reports have circulated that previous outsourcing lobbyist Chad Wolf, an ally to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, is in the running for the spot.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder