Top immigration official Julie Kirchner resigns

We appear to be in the midst of another exodus from President Donald Trump’s administration.

Many in the Trump administration were stunned to learn that Julie Kirchner, an ombudsman for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), resigned this week.

Rising Star

When Kirchner was first appointed to the USCIS, it was considered to be somewhat of a coup for the administration. Kirchner was a bit of a rock star in terms of immigration reform in the private sector before working in this administration.

She had worked for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) for more than a decade and served as its executive director from 2007 to 2017.

FAIR studies are regularly cited by the media, especially when it comes to cost factors involving illegal immigrants.

Kirchner has been rumored to be in line for several higher positions within the agency, but she has always seemed to be the runner-up. For instance, her name was floated when USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna left, but Ken Cuccinelli was eventually appointed to that role.

An added benefit to having her in the administration was that even the mention of her name would infuriate Democrats and liberals alike.

Will Be Missed

We can, without hesitation, say that Kirchner’s presence will be missed in that department during a rather critical time.

The DHS and its respective departments have been going through massive turnover, including at the top of the command chain.

While Kevin McAleenan served at the acting secretary of the DHS for the last six months, he will be exiting soon, leaving another major cabinet position vacant in the administration.

This is an area where Democrats have concentrated their attacks, saying nobody wants to work for Trump, so expect those attacks to only get louder in the coming days.

While the turnover in the administration has gotten better over the last year, this is still a lingering problem for Trump. These vacancies must be filled before election season really kicks in or Dems will use it against him.

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