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Ken Cuccinelli was promoted to the second-highest leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security, establishing the immigration hardliner as a key player within the Trump administration.
Cuccinelli, the former acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, was named the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, according to a staff email obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. His promotion coincided with Chad Wolf’s swearing-in as the latest acting secretary of DHS.
“I’d like to announce that Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli will serve as the senior official performing the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security,” Wolf wrote to staffers on Wednesday. “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.”
Cuccinelli, the former Republican attorney general of Virginia, first joined the White House in June when President Donald Trump appointed him as the acting director United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speaks to the news media at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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