Former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli, was promoted to the second highest leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to Daily Caller.
This promotion could turn him into a key piece within the Trump administration, as he has a hard line on immigration.
His promotion came at the same time as Chad Wolf was sworn in as acting secretary of DHS, an announcement also welcomed by advocates of strong borders.
Cuccinelli, a former Republican attorney general of Virginia, first joined the White House in June when President Trump appointed him interim director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Supporters of strong borders welcome the appointment of Ken Cuccinelli as the deputy in charge of the Department, according to a Fox News report.
Cuccinelli considers himself “one of the most vocal hard-liners within the administration,” Fox said.
“Ken Cuccinelli has been a constant and vocal advocate for the men and women of the department who are protecting our borders and restoring integrity to our immigration system,” Wolf wrote in an email to Fox.
“As Virginia’s attorney general he led the state in its fight against human trafficking and record enforcement against gangs, fraud and child predators,” he said.
As interim director of USCIS, Cuccinelli had pushed a series of tough measures against illegal immigration.
These initiatives were praised by immigration advocates and criticized by immigration rights activists.
One of these measures consisted of removing green cards from immigrants who used government benefits.
Cuccinelli has also actively attacked on social networks and on TV the sanctuary cities, which have laws that obstruct the deportation of criminals.
He is also known as a patriot who has gained notoriety for engaging in heated exchanges with Democrats during congressional hearings.
Wolf’s appointment as secretary and Cuccinelli’s appointment as assistant secretary of DHS came after the Trump administration won a series of victories in the fight against the immigration crisis on the southern border.
According to a Fox report, border detentions have fallen by more than 65 percent since May as a result of tougher asylum policies, the construction of infrastructure on the border, and the signing of several agreements with countries like Mexico and El Salvador to contain migratory flows.
One of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises in 2016 was that he would protect the borders, which were not controlled under the laws of the Obama era, becoming the perfect passage for gangs, drug and human traffickers, criminals, rapists.
Earlier this year, in a televised speech from the Oval Office, President Trump stated that all Americans are harmed by uncontrolled illegal immigration, adding that this problem depletes public resources and reduces jobs and wages.
“Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States—a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system,” the president said.