We know this is hard to follow.
We’ve been telling you that with the departure of Kevin McAleenan, the Department of Homeland Security top post was up for grabs. In this corner (the Base), we had Ken Cuccinelli of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In that corner (the Swamp) was Chad Wolf, former DHS deputy director and–most ominously–former H-1B lobbyist.
In the end, or at least thus far, upon his confirmation yesterday by the Senate, Wolf got the nod for Acting Secretary of DHS. There is yet no word on who will be Trump’s pick for the permanent job.
Earlier, Cuccinelli, White House loyalist, had expressed his support, presumably maintaining good relations with Wolf.
That’s a good thing, too, because Wolf’s first act was to name Cuccinelli his Deputy Director, the Number 2 DHS post.
What to make of it? Is Cuccinelli, a favorite among immigration restrictionists, going up or down? Neil Munro at Breitbart News wondered, “Is Cuccinelli being promoted so he can push the president’s agenda through an often-hostile DHS bureaucracy, or is he being transferred out of the USCIS into a powerless job?”
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies answers, “That’s the big question.”
Cuccinelli has been effective at USCIS, pushing Trump’s agenda of high wages and a lower immigration policy. Just yesterday, USCIS announced that it would “revamp work permit rules to deny work permits to migrants who apply for asylum after being caught while crossing the border.”
These moves gratify the Base, but don’t sit well with the Swamp’s cheap labor lobby, which Wolf is used to catering to.
So, has Wolf come around to the Administration’s way of thinking, or is Cuccinelli being shunted off to a dead-end job where he can do no harm to the Donor Party who, by and large, still run things? Just who will get tapped for the permanent Homeland Security post? And what about USCIS, now that Cuccinelli is gone?
Stay tuned and try to keep up.
For more, see Breitbart News.