Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa is urging the White House not to get rid of another top immigration official, particularly Lee Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Grassley made his remarks in an interview with The Washington Post on Monday. They came after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned as Homeland Security secretary on Sunday and the White House announced that Randolph Alles. director of the Secret Service would soon be leaving his post.
And last week, the White House pulled the nomination of Ronald Vitiello, who had been nominated for the post of director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Post said sources claim Cissna could be the next to go.
Grassley told the newspaper he was “very, very concerned.”
“One, those are good public servants,” Grassley said. “Secondly, besides the personal connection I have with them and the qualifications they have, they are the intellectual basis for what the president wants to accomplish in immigration.
“The president has to have some stability and particularly with the number one issue that he’s made for his campaign, throughout his two and a half years of presidency. He’s pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal.”
Grassley made his concerns known to Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff. Mulvaney said he would look into the issue, Grassley told the Post.
Grassley also criticized White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who has been pushing for changes at DHS.
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