Senior Official, Department of Homeland Security
also Acting Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
One of the most outspoken anti-immigrant activists in the Trump administration, Ken Cuccinelli promoted the false narrative of immigrants as a burden, and worked to implement a rule that was an effective “wealth tax” for individuals seeking green cards. Cuccinelli sought to give preference to immigrants from European countries, during an interview where the awkward phrasing was described as a euphemism for white immigrants. Cuccinelli supported amending the Constitution to end birthright citizenship. And on his way out of office, Cuccinelli worked to cut a deal with the ICE union, as well as a number of state attorneys general, to prevent the Biden administration from being able to implement policy changes to the department.