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President Trump youngest appointed Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is, apparently, to waste a bit of time, so that changes in the Agency.
According to the report, USCIS Deputy Director, Ken Cuccinelli an E-Mail to employees sent Tuesday, the decision makers holding some asylum-efforts during the first screening at U.S. border entry points.
“Asylum officers, they have wrote an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America,” Cuccinelli, according to BuzzFeed News. “As a civil servant, your role as an asylum officer sense requires the proper application of the law.
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Ken Cuccinelli, speaks at a press conference during his time as Virginia’s attorney general, in Richmond, may 10, 2011. (Associated Press)
“Therefore,” the E-Mail continued, “the USCIS must, in full accordance with the law, we make sure that we are properly screening individuals who claim to have the fear but still do not have a significant possibility of a grant of asylum or some other form of protection which you under our nation’s laws.”
Cuccinelli reminded the officials that they are empowered to fight to “ensure frivolous claims” of asylum and should be “that [you] are the preservation of our nation, the laws only positive credible fear determinations in cases with a significant possibility of success,” the report said.
The Deputy Director E-Mail drew criticism, including from the head of the union, the representation of the asylum officers, who suggested that Cuccinelli was to reduce undue pressure on the workers, the number of successful asylum applications.
“The fault of the workers, for the results, as if we have been negligent, is wrong,” Michael Knowles, President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local in 1924, told CNN.
“I read this in only one way — a threat that” Ur Jaddou, a former chief counsel at USCIS, told BuzzFeed News. “A threat, the asylum, will be made of the officials responsible, by your new boss for the repeated failures of the Trump administration. This is an incredible threat, and not something a Director would normally have to send always.”
Last week, Cuccinelli’s office issued a press release announcing that those who sponsor legal immigrants in the United States on the hook “for every dollar,” if those immigrants at the end of receive Fund for animal welfare or other public support, instead of his money to earn and taxes to pay.
According to Cuccinelli, 50, a New Jersey native and a former attorney General of Virginia, all state agencies, the issues of immigration, to update or to initiate, procedures and regulations to ensure that immigrants, not to the public, provided benefits do not receive them, in accordance with a may-23 Directive of the President.
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“The President has made it a priority to ensure that each Person to come to the United States is self-sufficient, temporarily or permanently,” Cuccinelli wrote. “The principle of self-sufficiency was rooted in our immigration laws since the 1800s, and we need to ensure as an Agency that immigrants are a part of this great country on the compliance with this principle.”
Cuccinelli took on the USCIS on June 10, the job with a reputation as a hardliner on immigration issues. For example, he was an advocate for the refusal of citizenship to American-born children of parents living in the U.S. illegally, and the limitation of in-state tuition at public universities for citizens or legal residents.
He replaced Lee Francis Cissna, who had allegedly lost a President Trump the trust.