KWCH reports that the Trump Administration is now considering bringing on a “border” or “immigration czar” to coordinate immigration policies across federal agencies. Trump is considering Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the post. Both are far-right conservatives with strong immigration positions.
The discussion of the new position comes as Trump threatened to close down the U.S-Mexico border this week if Mexico doesn’t stop illegal immigration to the U.S.
The various immigration government agencies, such as the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Defense and Justice are not always aligned. An example of this came last summer when a “zero tolerance” policy was instituted at the Mexican border by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The policy caused a drastic rise in the number of migrant children who were forcibly separated from their families.
The migrant children were placed in HHS custody, but no tracking system was put in place to link parents to their children. Eventually a judge ordered a system be put in place, but panic had already begun to spread as families wondered if they would ever see their children again.
It has not yet been decided whether the “immigration czar” position would be within Homeland Security or within the White House. A White House appointment would not require Senate confirmation.