According to new reports, President Trump and his administration are currently considering appointing an “immigration czar,” to help with federal efforts to address the rising crisis of illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border.
Sources close to the issue have stated that Trump is eyeing two possible candidates to fill the position, Kris Kobach and Ken Cuccinelli – with both being seen as having “strong” views on immigration and border security.
The news comes following the president’s recent ultimatum to Mexico, threatening to completely close the border, should the Mexican government fail to address the growing numbers of illegal migrants arriving per day in the US.
With over 100,000 illegal aliens being detained during the month of March, with as many as 4,000 per day, Obama-era officials have increasingly been forced to agree with Trump administration officials’ reports of a border crisis that is rapidly growing.
The Trump administration is considering hiring a “border” or “immigration czar” to coordinate the president’s policies across various federal agencies.
That’s according to three people familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.
Trump is considering two potential candidates: Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — both far-right conservatives with strong views on immigration.
It has yet to be decided whether the post would be housed within the Department of Homeland Security or the White House.
White House press aides, Kobach and Cuccinelli did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The discussion comes as Trump is threatening to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico doesn’t halt all illegal immigration.