Hurricane Dorian

Ken Cuccinelli: Kids of unauthorized immigrants should not have birthright citizenship

Ken Cuccinelli at an Axios event
Acting USCIS director Ken Cuccinelli. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli told Axios' Mike Allen Thursday morning that birthright citizenship should be limited to the children of legal immigrants — although he doesn't expect any action on the issue any time soon.

The big picture: Cuccinelli declined to say whether he wants the Homeland Security secretary position or if acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan should get it permanently. "Answering questions like that creates news that shouldn't exist," he said. He said Trump has not approached him about the position, and that he will do his job aggressively.

U.S. won't grant temporary protected status to Dorian victims from Bahamas

In this image, two people embrace while standing in front of a crowd of people. A bus is visible in the background.
Hurricane Dorian refugees arrive at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gym in Nassau, New Providence, Sept. 6. Photo: Brendan SmialowskiAFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration will not grant Hurricane Dorian refugees from the Bahamas temporary protected status (the same program applied to the victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake), officials told NBC News and CNN this week.

The big picture: Temporary protected status would only be applicable to those in the U.S. at the time of designation. As of Monday, 1,500 Bahamians have come to the U.S. after being displaced by Dorian, with at least 3,500 people evacuated from the islands and the death toll currently standing at 50. The Department of Homeland Security said this week that displaced Bahamians traveling to the U.S. must have a valid passport and travel visa.

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