nearvideo trump name Chad Wolf acting DHS Secretary
Current acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan will remain on the job until Veteran’s Day in 2019; Lucas Tomlinson reports.
Chad Wolf Wednesday as the new acting Homeland Security secretary was sworn in, and announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli to serve as a substitute — a step that will probably be welcomed by supporters of tougher immigration measures.
“I am sincerely grateful to serve the President for his confidence in me, temporarily, in this incredibly important position,” said Wolf wrote in an E-Mail to staff that Fox News has received.
Wolf, who formerly served as chief of staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, sworn in hours after the Senate confirmed him as the first under-Secretary for policy, a role in which he will never serve, but to take a necessary legal hurdle for the top job in a temporary capacity. He replaced Kevin McAleenan, acquired by Nielsen in an acting capacity, filed in April, and his resignation last month.
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In his E-Mail, Wolf McAleenan called “one of the most violent advocates for the Department,” and said that “his appreciation for the staff and unyielding commitment for the mission was obvious in everything he did.”
He also announced that Cuccinelli, one of the most outspoken hard-liners in the administration and someone who has been characterized, it is possible McAleenan successor, would be taking over as Deputy Secretary-General.
“Ken Cuccinelli has been a constant and vocal real for the men and women of the Department, which wrote the protection of our borders and the restoration of the integrity of our immigration system,” Wolf. “As Virginia attorney general, he led the state in its fight against human trafficking and recording, the enforcement against gangs, fraud, and child predators.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Cuccinelli said that he likes the role in the DHS. A USCIS spokesman said the Deputy Director, Mark Koumans, now served as Deputy Director.
“I am pleased the possibility of a voice for the men and women of this Department are given, still. With almost a quarter of a million employees and a mission, ranging from border security and immigration enforcement to Cyber-security and emergency response, the DHS is loaded with some of the most important work in the government,” said Cuccinelli. “It is a privilege to lead the USCIS workforce in recent months in the management of our nation’s legal immigration system, and I look forward to the further cooperation with you.”
Cuccinelli, along with trade Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan, was one of the favorites amongst the immigration-hawks lead the Department. As managing Director of the USCIS, he had met with a series of tough immigration measures, including the “public charge” rule — that would toughen guidelines on whether immigrants rely is likely to be on social assistance should be given “green cards” — a move that appalled many Democrats and immigration activists.
He also had opposition from Senate Republicans faced dissatisfied with his leadership of the Senate Conservatives Fund-a group that seeks to pit the senators sitting against a conservative primary Challenger.
Groups advocating a tough stance against illegal immigration and reducing immigration numbers Cuccinelli had supported, during which they worried about Wolf. You of its past role as a lobbyist for companies trying to protect, the H-1B visa had quoted program.
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RJ Hauman, Director of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said he was cautiously optimistic, Wolf, date, that the optimism is reinforced by the Cuccinelli’s announcement.
“With Chad Wolf, help, DHS has done a hell of a job on illegal immigration in the last couple of months,” Hauman told Fox News. “However, there is still much to be done, when it comes to the protection of American workers through the issuance of administrative regulations.”
“As the new acting head of the DHS, the Wolf, the reward that maximize business lobby, the intentional disregard for the American worker profits to never said,” Hauman. “We are engaged, and the American people are watching.”
Some members of the administration, Wolf had given a strong recommendation. A senior administration official to Fox News in the last month, said he was a “tremendous asset” for DHS and the President are on the agenda.
“He is well worthy of recognized as a trusted, dedicated and aggressive leader, is credited with the guidelines, which were developed to implement the border crisis,” the official said. “His expertise of the entire Department and its many policy fields spans, of the fight against terrorism to the choice of security. Hands down the best qualifications.”
Democrats, however, criticized Wolf’s appointment from the other direction, accusing him of being behind some of the so-called trump card-administration of the most inhumane immigration policy in his previous work in the DHS.
“With the confirmation of Chad Wolf, the @SenateGOP a man who has been rewarded has, from the @realDonaldTrump, the most immoral and anti-American policy: the separation of the family, the ban of the Muslim, and the illegal national emergency Declaration,” Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, tweeted. “He should have no place in our government.”
Wolf’s appointment came as the trump administration, notwithstanding the lack of permanent leadership at the head of the DHS, scored a series of successes in the fight against the migrant crisis at the southern border.
In particular, they saw the border, fears to plunge by more than 65 percent since may, when it is tightened asylum policies be built more infrastructure on the border, and secured a number of agreements with countries such as Mexico and El Salvador to crack down on migration flows.
Wolf pointed to the implementations in his E-Mail to employees.
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“DHS, especially the men and women on the front line of the crisis, has been successful in addressing this challenge, and the change in the dynamics at the border. But we must remain vigilant and steadfast, to stay ahead of the dangers, and restore integrity to our immigration system,” he wrote.
He also reminded staff, “do we need to also not from the eyes of other threats in the home – from the preparation and response to natural disasters lose, for the protection of victims of trafficking and exploitation to sharpen our Anti-terrorist mission and the rising threat of domestic terrorism, the securing of the upcoming elections, in 2020, the Department must remain positioned and ready to confront a range of threats every day.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.