News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri. Sept. 6, 2019: Ken Cuccinelli, Jr., has only been in the post of acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, (USCIS) since June 2019, but already, the number of extreme policy changes coming out of the agency reflects the venom this great-grandson of immigrants feels towards the new immigrants in these United States.
for these mostly black and brown immigrants now, they are not like Cuccinelli’s
White descendants who came here with nothing. And sadly, for them as well, he
now gets a national platform to implement the xenophobic policies he’s always
embraced as attorney general in Virginia.
of all, he like Stephen Miller and the other immigration hardliners in this
administration, get to please their boss, The Don, who’s long held racist and
anti-immigrant utterances and beliefs, can now become reality.
attorney in Cuccinelli alas now gets to twist the laws on the book to make the
case for why there is no illegality in what the administration is doing, as he delivers
kick after kick to poor, frightened and now ill immigrants.
all, he has done in before. Here’s a man, who as AG in July 2010, joined eight
other red states in filing an amicus brief opposing the federal government’s
lawsuit challenging the draconian and racist Arizona immigration law, SB1070.
You will remember this rule was best known for mandating that police officers
verify the immigration status of people they stop or arrest if there is
“reasonable suspicion” the person was in the US “illegally.”
in August 2010, Cuccinelli also issued a legal opinion authorizing law enforcement
officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped in the
state. This was done previously, only for those arrested.
a master of spinning laws to suit his hardline immigration positions, noted at
the time that the authority to investigate the immigration status of a stopped
person should not “extend the duration of a stop by any significant
he is doing now to circumvent legal changes to the laws at the congressional
level, the opinion at the time shrewdly circumvented policy changes by
Cuccinelli’s xenophobic agenda goes back further. As a Virginia State Senator,
Cuccinelli introduced a joint resolution calling on Congress to convene a
constitutional convention to amend the 14th amendment of the US constitution to
eliminate birthright citizenship and only extend citizenship to people born in
the US who have at least one US citizen parent.
familiar? This exact issue was recently touted by The Don as something the
administration is eyeing going after next.
first up they have zoned in on automatic citizenship for children of certain
U.S. government employees and members of the U.S. armed forces adopted or born
outside of the US. An “update to the USCIS Policy Manual” now states that as of
Oct. 29, 2019, US citizen parent (s) must file and obtain a Certificate of
Citizenship for their children using Form N-600K.
seems to be spending his time pouring over rules in the manual and determining
how to slyly change them unilaterally without much communication with USICE or other
agencies. He has also now decided that immigrants battling severe illnesses,
who would ordinarily be given special, temporary protection from deportation, will
no longer be so “lucky.”
the USCIS has sent letters to parents of these ill children, telling them they must
leave the U.S. within 33 days. And to make matters worse, much like this
administration has done before with the botched child separation policy, the USCIS
claimed falsely that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will now
oversee the “medical deferred action” program.
US ICE officials has admitted to the New York Times that they have “no
idea” about the change, nor is it prepared to handle the new responsibility.
That’s the only word that sums it all up. Cuccinelli and The Don may be riding high
now on their xenophobic wagon, but their day of reckoning will soon come. The
tears of too many immigrants have fallen because of them and that is never a
good thing in the long run.
writer is publisher at NewsAmericasNow