WASHINGTON – Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has officially been appointed acting Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
President Donald Trump has instructed Cuccinelli, known for his tough views on the issue of immigration, to head the Agency that is responsible for the organization of the American immigration system.
Under the leadership of Cuccinelli will work 19 000 employees and contractors.
As reported in the press release of the Department, in addition to the organization of the immigration system, the Citizenship and Immigration Service protects Americans, ensures the security of the country, and honors American values.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Service of citizenship and immigration United States at this important time and to work shoulder to shoulder with the dedicated employees of this Department, said Cucinelli. – I will be happy to work with citizenship and immigration officers to ensure that our immigration system works effectively while preventing corruption and protecting American citizens.”
Cuccinelli also stressed that the Agency has the “sole responsibility” – to defend the honesty and impartiality of the American immigration system, which he called “the most generous” in the world.
Rumors about the appointment of Cuccinelli were fraught with scandal. Earlier it was reported that the trump administration wants to create a new post in order to reform the immigration system against the background of the increased influx of migrants from Central America.
Some called this position the “king of immigration.”
In the fiscal year 2018, the Agency reviewed more than 8.7 million applications for immigration benefits.