According to a report by the Associated Press, President Trump is considering appointing an “immigration czar” to be the face of his administration’s immigration policy.
Among the potential candidates for the post are former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Such “czars” are often appointed to oversee issues and policies that affect multiple government departments and agencies. In the case of immigration, the Department of Homeland Security plays a major role, but also involved are the departments of Health and Human Services, State, Defense, and Justice. As the AP explains:
The Justice Department manages the immigration courts that decide whether a migrant is deported; Health and Human Services manages the care of migrant children apprehended at the border; agencies within Homeland Security manage the allocation of legal status, immigration enforcement and asylum requests; and the Pentagon and the Army Corps of Engineers manage facets of border wall construction.
The position could be based either within the White House–which would require no Senate confirmation–or within the DSH, which would.
Both Kobach and Cuccinelli have taken strong positions on immigration control and would likely be popular with the Trump base in the Republican Party. Both are opposed by the party’s cheap-labor business wing.
Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who has been critical of White House immigration policy, observed that such a czar “could work, but it is often a bureaucratic way to be seen as doing something.”
For more, see Breitbart News.