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Ken Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of USCIS

On June 10, 2019, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli became the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), replacing L. Francis Cissna, who stepped down at the beginning of June 2019. Cuccinelli previously served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2010 through 2014.

Despite support from the Trump administration, he is not expected to be formally confirmed as director of USCIS due to lack of support in the United States Senate. Cuccinelli was appointed to serve in the capacity of “acting” director under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998. Under this act, Cuccinelli may serve as acting director for up to 210 days from June 1, or if the president nominates someone to take his place, Cuccinelli can continue in the role while that nomination is pending before the Senate.

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Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
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Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...

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