Thursday, August 27, 2020
CNN reports that advocacy groups are challenging in federal court a Trump administration policy that makes it difficult for Temporary Protect Status recipients in the United States from obtaining lawful permanent resident status. In the suit, plaintiffs challenge the appointment of Ken Cuccinelli, who oversaw the policy change. The nomination comes weeks after the Government Accountability Office concluded (and here) that Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf, and Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official now performing the duties of DHS deputy secretary, were not appointed through a valid process.
The lawsuit argues that a policy change, implemented last year when Cuccinelli headed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was done without a rationale for the change, was motivated by animus against immigrants of color, and was carried out by an unlawful acting official.