Curveballs in the race to the DHS Secretary, immigration hawks with obstacles

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U.S. citizenship and Immigration services, Deputy Director, Ken Cuccinelli joins Steve Hilton, to discuss ‘The Next Revolution’, the border crisis and immigration reform.

As outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan sticks around in the midst of a still uncertain search for a successor, the man, the border, the hawks hope that a tougher line on immigration in this role on significant political and legal obstacles, while some of the enemies are pushing a more moderate candidate of their own.

To replace Ken Cuccinelli, the current Deputy Director of the U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and a vocal immigration hardliner, has long been considered one of the top candidates McAleenan. In this office he has introduced the “public charge” rule, which clarified and tempered leadership, whether immigrants horrified will probably be on social assistance should be given green cards — instructed a movement, the Democrats and immigration activists.


But those who want to focus on, a Hardliner on immigration, encouraged by the prospect of Cuccinelli the order.

“The people who will be considered for the job, Cuccinelli, would probably be the best,” Mark Krikorian, Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told Fox News. “Cuccinelli is a short study, he has become the face of the administration of immigration policy also seems to be about the responsibilities of the USCIS and so far so good-he’s doing a pretty good job.”

A former DHS official with close ties to the administration, Fox News said earlier this month that Cuccinelli was a list at the top of the President Trump ‘ s, while an administration official said that Cuccinelli was in “good standing.”

“Ken has proven to be very effective on the regulatory side, and he has as a team-player, which is all the media hits, no matter how small or how hostile,” the official said. “Ken is someone who supports the hands down, and defended the work of the President and the administration.”


But another possible candidate is the President of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan, the often fiery defender of the work of agents on the ground in the fight against illegal immigration. Also, he would be welcomed with a pick through a lot of immigration hawks like Krikorian.

And both of your candidacy cumbersome in the last few weeks. First of all, a legal hurdle in the form of the open the limits can succeed act–act, the DHS chief-has threatened to torpedo Cuccinelli or Morgan. It is the candidate limit, to those who have worked with Senate approval, under the previous Secretary or the next in line of succession.

How the White house decides what to do, a senior administration official told Fox News that the Actions of the Secretary McAleenan, whose last day should be Thursday, will remain at the DHS until the pick is announced.

The New York Times reported that the White house investigated has the potential slip would have made a hole under the Cuccinelli or Morgan, the assistant secretary of the combating weapons of mass destruction Office, and then bumped up to DHS a short time later. But it is a risky strategy for the administration, as if the work-around will be found to be invalid, it could mean challenges to adopt one of the guidelines, under this Secretary.

Coupled with political opposition not only from Democrats but from some Republicans in the Senate unhappy about the prospect of Cuccinelli pick due to his past leadership of the Senate Conservatives Fund-a group that is trying to primary sitting senators with more conservative Challenger.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has said in the past that he had expressed the desire to have a “lack of enthusiasm” for Cuccinelli as a potential DHS get. Others were strong in their warnings.


“The White house would be well advised, the Senate and senators before they take any decisive action that might have embarrassed Mr. Cuccinelli or the White house itself,” sen John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Politico this week.

But other Republican senators have been Cuccinelli glowing praise.

“Cuccinelli is already doing a fantastic job of implementing President Trump priorities in the DHS,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told Fox News. “If he be a Secretary nominated, he would have my vote, and I am confident that he would be confirmed.”

“Ken is a patriot who is well prepared to meet the requirements of our broken immigration system and the security and humanitarian crisis at the border. He was an extraordinary Secretary of Homeland Security,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.


But, as Cuccinelli surfaces, steep climb, is always the name of Chad Wolf, senior DHS official and former chief-of-staff to former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, has circulated as a possible McAleenan replacement. Wolf’s idea was first reported by the journalist Ryan Gidursky.

For people against Cuccinelli, Wolf is a strong pick with a backdrop of the implementation of the policy that you are contrasting against Cuccinelli relative lack of experience in the immigration policy. is A senior administration official told Fox News that Cuccinelli’s stint with the immigration in the short and behind is a large task, for, as you say: he has no experience.

Other high-ranking officials recommended Wolf in glowing terms.

“Everyone who knows him, understands the tremendous asset he is to the DHS mission and the President’s agenda. He is widely trusted, recognized as a trusted, dedicated and aggressive leader, is credited with implementing the guidelines were developed, 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.”

But some of these same immigration hawks who support Cuccinelli are nervous get about the prospect of a Wolf, particularly his previous work as a lobbyist for a company that represents companies want the H1-B visa program.

“With a career civil servant or someone the once-lobby work, the American workers with cheap foreign labour sends the wrong signal right before an election year,” RJ Hauman, government relations director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Politico last week. “President Trump can choose to be on the side of his base and the American worker, or throw his lot with the swamp.”

“There is no question that the immigration hawks would be upset with Wolf’s selection. In fact, the fact that he to the as for, it makes people uneasy,” Krikorian told Fox News.


Krikorian suggested that the Wolf may be designated as a temporary, short-term replacement for the act, the Secretary, with Cuccinelli then the Senate exhausted for confirmation-that the White house to sit with McConnell and work out the differences.

“[McConnell] is holding a grudge, but he is also an adult,” he said. “Yes, it is possible, you can overcome it, but without that work, and to iron out legislative wrinkles ahead of time, then it is quite possible that McConnell is not always you bring it up [for a vote] always and you end up with Chad Wolf, there is next November.”

Late Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the White house was considering some kind of plan, you have a tendency to touch the Wolf as acting Secretary, but then moved instead in the direction of Morgan as the possible candidate for the permanent position — a pick, the dignity of Senate to satisfy the hawks without upsetting some Republicans.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Leland Vittert contributed to this report.

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