Trump is going to nominate Ken Cuccinelli as head of the legal immigration services after the current director submitted his resignation:
WASHINGTON POST – President Trump plans to install Ken Cuccinelli as the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, placing the conservative activist and former Virginia attorney general at the head of the agency that runs the country’s legal immigration system, administration officials said Friday.
L. Francis Cissna, the agency’s current director, has told his staff that he will leave his post June 1.
The move extends the purge of senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security, replacing Cissna, a Senate-confirmed agency head with deep expertise on immigration law, with Cuccinelli, a conservative firebrand disliked by senior GOP figures, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
But there’s a problem.
And his name is McConnell:
McConnell has vowed to block Cuccinelli from getting confirmed for any position, blaming him for leading a 2014 effort defying McConnell that promoted insurgent candidates running against sitting Republican incumbents. And Cuccinelli signed a letter drafted by conservative activists two years ago calling on McConnell to step aside.
After Cuccinelli was rumored as a potential DHS secretary, McConnell told reporters he had communicated with the White House about his opposition.
“I have expressed my, shall I say, lack of enthusiasm for one of them . . . Ken Cuccinelli,” McConnell said.
This is what conservatives don’t like about McConnell.
While he has done some great stuff on the Republican side of the aisle, worthy of praise, he’s also more of a RINO when it comes to his own party and making sure conservatives stay out of the Senate. Just ask Jim DeMint.
McConnell would rather have a yes-man Republican elected than a true conservative with principles, and the fact that Ken Cuccinelli fought him over this just burned his britches. And now he’s gonna try and get his revenge. Ugh.