WASHINGTON—Kenneth T. Cuccinelli has been named the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services effective June 10, 2019.
Cuccinelli will lead an agency of 19,000 employees and contractors who are responsible for administering the U.S. immigration system.
In fiscal year 2018, USCIS adjudicated more than 8.7 million requests for immigration benefits.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead [USCIS] at this critical time and serve alongside this agency’s dedicated workforce,” said Cuccinelli in a statement yesterday
“Our nation has the most generous legal immigration system in the world and we must zealously safeguard its promise for those who lawfully come here.
“I look forward to working with the men and women of USCIS to ensure our legal immigration system operates effectively and efficiently while deterring fraud and protecting the American people,” he added.
Acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan announced Cuccinelli’s appointment yesterday.
Cuccinelli previously served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2010 to 2014. During his time as attorney general, he led the Commonwealth in fighting human trafficking. Additionally, he led efforts resulting in record enforcement against gangs, health care fraud, and child predators. Cuccinelli also served in the Senate of Virginia from 2002 to 2010 and has practiced law for nearly 25 years.
Cuccinelli earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Virginia, a law degree from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University.
Cuccinelli and his wife, Teiro, grew up and live in Virginia and have seven children. (PR)