Udall, Heinrich call on DHS Acting Secretary, Acting Deputy Secretary to step down after Positions Found Legally Invalid
by Carol Clark
DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf
U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are calling on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli to step down, [now that] the GAO, an independent watchdog agency that reports to Congress, has found their appointments to be legally invalid.
The GAO finds Wolf and Cuccinelli are serving in an “invalid order of succession” under the Vacancies Reform Act.
DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli
“Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli cannot legally serve in their roles at DHS, and they are not above the law. Both must step down immediately,” Udall said.
“Every single official action they have undertaken since assuming their positions – including undermining DACA, closing the door to asylum seekers, and rushing ahead with the president’s destructive and ineffective border wall – is now legally dubious and each action must be fully reviewed and investigated. The Trump administration once again shows that they believe the rules don’t apply to them when they can’t get their way in Congress. This lawlessness, all to install two anti-immigrant zealots, cannot stand.”
“Their policies have separated families. They have targeted peaceful demonstrators.
And they are against our hard-won American values.
Now we know that they are also illegal. Wolf and Cuccinelli need to resign now,” Senator Heinrich said.
VeteransToday Background article
On Friday, the Government Accountability Office found that former acting DHS secretary, Kevin McAleenan, did not have the authority to change the line of succession prior to his resignation last fall, making Chad Wolf ineligible to succeed him. Consequently, Wolf also lacked authority to alter the order of succession that made Cuccinelli acting deputy secretary.