United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USICS) acting director Ken Cuccinelli called out several Democrats for condemning the situation at the border without working to change it.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they would be streamlining the process to expedite deportations nationwide. This announcement had many, including Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) balking the decision as a “shame.”
Cuccinelli, however, saw the decision as DHS working to enforce the laws that Congress passed. He suggested that Feinstein — who has been a senator for around 27 years — change the laws if she does not support their enforcement.
He explained his frustration during an interview on Fox News.
Watch Cuccinelli’s comments:
“It is a head-shaking surprise to me when I hear elected senators — and frankly, the bill that [the deportation policy change] is based on is bipartisan — who still oppose actually enforcing the law. The 2004 regulation you all talked about in the introduction actually restricted the law dramatically and all President [Donald] Trump is doing here is actually going back to the statute. So, if Congress doesn’t like the statute, they shouldn’t be blaming President Trump. President Trump is enforcing the law — or he’s trying to. It’s Congress that needs to get its act in gear.”
Cuccinelli also called out Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her remarks on DHS’s deportation plans. Over the weekend, she tweeted that she believes the Trump administration wants “every” black or brown American to be deported.
You all should end this charade and accept that this racist president wants every black/brown person deported and Muslims banned 🤦🏽♀️
His immigration policies say this much! https://t.co/B6czPntRn4
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 21, 2019
Cuccinelli slammed Omar for making this claim and for her other remarks about the situation at the border. He claimed that DHS had greatly improved the situation for children at the border, despite Omar’s refusal to support any legislation that could have improved the conditions when the problem first started. The immigration official told host Shannon Bream that Omar had done “zero” to help those enforcing the law at the border.
“Congresswoman Omar wouldn’t even vote for [humanitarian aid]. And in one month, Shannon, in one month, just as we said at the Department of Homeland security, we were able to get from 2500 kids in facilities not made for them down to just a couple of hundred and only a handful of those have been there more than 72 hours, which is our measure to try to get them on to more kid-appropriate facilities. And now we can do that with no help from Congresswoman Omar. None. Zero.”