Donald Trump’s Likely USCIS Pick ‘Spells the End of Legal Immigration as it Currently Exists’ says Union Chief

The representative for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s expected nominee to run the agency “spells the end of legal immigration as it currently exists.”

Danielle Spooner, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees, said in a statement that the Senate should not approve the nomination of Ken Cuccinelli, Trump’s reported top pick for the role.

“It has become clear that the goal of this Administration is to end immigration all together,” she said.

Spooner claimed out that Cuccinelli lacked the experience to appropriately run the agency, which she said was part of Trump’s vision for its future. “How better to do that [end immigration] than by appointing as the leader of USCIS someone who knows nothing about immigration, Adjustment of Status or Naturalization, and whose sole purpose is to destroy the agency that grants these benefits,” she wrote.

The former head of USCIS, L. Francis Cissna, stepped down last week amongst turmoil at the Department of Homeland Security. Reports claim that the president did not believe Cissna took a hard enough approach to immigration and did not move far enough against asylum seekers.

Cissna, however, worked to end protections granted under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), ended protected temporary status programs for a number of countries and made it more difficult for employers to grant H1-B visas to foreign employees.

By Nicole Goodkind for NEWSWEEK

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