REPORT: Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept’s top refugee job

BY TEAM DML / MAY 25, 2018 /

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President Trump has tapped a fierce critic of illegal immigration for the State Department’s top position overseeing refugees and migration.

The White House announced on Thursday that Ronald Mortensen, a former foreign service officer, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.

Mortensen, who supported Trump on the campaign trail, is a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit group that advocates for significantly reducing immigration in the U.S.

The article goes on to state the following:

If confirmed by the Senate, Mortensen would lead the State Department bureau responsible for providing assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, including refugees and asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America.

In addition to his fellowship at the Center for Immigration Studies, Mortensen also founded the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration, a group that advocates for “concrete action” to address illegal immigration.

In a statement issued at the time of the group’s founding, Mortensen said that the U.S. had a responsibility to admit immigrants who go through the proper legal channels, while blocking those who try to skirt the law.

The Hill noted in their report that Mortensen was also vehemently opposed to former President Barack Obama‘s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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1 Comment

  1. Nancy May 25th, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Sounds like a good choice.
    Someone who will enforce our laws


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