Over 120 national groups, including the NAACP, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America are opposing the appointment of extremist Ken Cuccinelli to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, writing that he has “promoted anti-immigrant views and policies that are antithetical to the important work that would be entrusted to him as the USCIS director.”
It’s still unclear whether or not Cuccinelli’s appointment as the agency’s acting director is legal, or if the Trump administration intends to nominate him as the permanent director, but what is clear is his radicalism. From comparing immigrants to rodents to praising anti-Muslim activists to saying that the U.S.-born kids of undocumented immigrants should be denied U.S. citizenship, this failed candidate has no business serving in any role at USCIS, the groups say.
“The director of USCIS has the important role of overseeing our immigration system, from adjudicating the claims of individuals seeking asylum, petitioning for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, and applying for U.S. citizenship. Cuccinelli has spent his career in and out of public office promoting anti-immigrant policies and propagating dehumanizing rhetoric and ideas.”
And pallin’ around with a racist who got stripped of his House assignments and was a hair away from being censured (though what he really deserved was expulsion). “In May 2012, as attorney general for the state of Virginia, Cuccinelli hailed Rep. Steve King as ‘one of my very favorite congressmen,’” they continue, “adding ‘I probably spend more time with Steve on Capitol Hill than anybody else.’”
Now Steve’s buddy is heading an agency that, among a ton of important things, handles naturalization documents for immigrants. What could ever go wrong? “Cuccinelli’s track record shows that if confirmed, he would work to undermine the goals of the very agency that he would be in charge of leading,” the groups say. “The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose the nomination of Ken Cuccinelli for the role of director of USCIS.”