Even for Congressional Republicans, this move seems a little odd.
President Trump wants former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to play a major role on immigration, but the GOP-controlled Senate is saying “no.”
Here’s the deal…
From The Hill:
Senate Republicans are warning that Ken Cuccinelli, who was tapped Monday to serve as the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will not be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate.
Cuccinelli started his job atop the immigration agency Monday, a controversial move that came even after top Senate Republicans publicly warned that the former Senate Conservatives Fund leader would face a rocky reception on Capitol Hill.
Trump hasn’t said if he will try to get Cuccinelli confirmed to the spot on a permanent basis. But Republican senators sent a warning shot on Monday, predicting that he likely cannot be confirmed in the GOP-controlled Senate, where a nomination has to lose four Republican senators to fall short of the simple majority required for nominations.
“I think … he would have had a hard time getting confirmed,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters.
The Department of Homeland Security is set to expedite deportations in a way that will benefit all Americans, especially with the most critical election of our lifetime set for next year.
The Homeland Security Department is weighing a plan to bypass immigration courts and remove undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they’ve been present continuously in the U.S. for two years or more.
The proposal is described in a draft regulatory notice, according to two DHS officials and a third person familiar with the planning. If finalized, it would represent the latest escalation of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.
The administration has considered since 2017 expanding a fast-track deportation procedure known as “expedited removal,” but thus far has refrained from moving ahead.
The draft notice — which remains under review — would increase significantly the number of recently arrived undocumented immigrants subject to rapid deportation. Under the current standard, expedited removal is applicable only to immigrants picked up within 14 days of arrival. The two-week cutoff stems from a 2004 regulatory change, not from the 1996 statute that created the process.
President Trump is doing everything he can possibly think of to stop illegal immigrants from making their way into the country.
And yet, he’s constantly rebuffed by Democrats, the mainstream media, Hollywood elites, and even his fellow Republicans.
45 is considering appointing an “immigration czar.”
From AP News:
The Trump administration is considering bringing on a “border” or “immigration czar” to coordinate the president’s immigration policies across various federal agencies, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
President Donald Trump is weighing two potential candidates for the post: Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — two far-right conservatives with strong views on immigration, according to the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the conversations publicly.
The discussion comes as Trump is threatening to close the southern border as soon as this week if Mexico does not completely halt illegal immigration to the U.S.
White House press aides, Kobach and Cuccinelli did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. Kobach previously served as vice chair of the president’s short-lived election fraud commission, which was disbanded after finding little evidence of widespread fraud.
This would be a big deal for Trump, even though it won’t be easy.
Democrats know they must keep up their push in supporting the undocumented in order to remain diametrically opposed to all things Trump, regardless of its effects on the nation.
That’s the bottom line.
As long as Dems hold the House and retain some form of power, illegals will be welcomed in the United States.