Ronald W. Mortensen was nominated by Donald Trump as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
The nomination took place on May 24th.
Thus reported last Sunday, Los Angeles Times journalist Tracy Wilkinson.
Mortensen was a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and member of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
He has been characterized by his tough opposition to the entry of immigrants into United States.
Both Democrats and immigration advocates objected the nomination.
Moreover, Republicans, who have a majority in the Senate, should pronounce themselves about his nomination.
There, Mortensen could face troubles for his writings and statements attacking both immigrants and Republican senators, including John McCain, and even Marco Rubio.
In 2015, Ronald Mortensen, originally from Utah, told Marco Rubio: “You are either gullible or just plain dishonest on immigration issues.”
After Donald Trump took office in February 2017, Mortensen praised him for stepping up deportations of immigrants and banning some illegal entries.
In his blog, he referred to the success of the president “in destroying the myth of the noble, law-abiding illegal alien.”
The Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, where he worked, has been listed as a hate group.
The theoretical aim of the aforementioned center is “to provide protection, ease suffering and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people all over the world”.
However, in a post on March 10, 2017, Mortensen argued: “DACA grants amnesty to illegal aliens who are criminals and most of its recipients have committed multiple felonies to get jobs”.
According to Los Angeles Times, the number of DACA (Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals) beneficiaries, known as Dreamers, who have been convicted of crimes is very low; all have been vetted to get their two-year permits to live in the United States.
According to official data, the crime rate among immigrants is lower than for the overall population of the northern country.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) said that “Mortensen’s racist, vile and dismissive comments against immigrants disqualified him for the post.”
Jennifer Quigley, an immigration advocate on Human Rights, termed Mortensen’s statements “extremist.”
She also added: “At a moment when the world is facing the worst displacement crisis since WWII, it is astounding President Trump would nominate an individual with a hostile attitude toward immigrants.”
Finally, she pointed out: “Mortensen’s nomination is like choosing the fox to guard the henhouse.”
CubaSi Translation Staff / Jorge Mesa Benjamin
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