By Jessica M. Vaughan and Matthew Sussis on January 14, 2019

Washington Times, January 7, 2019

Over the course of the first nearly two years of the Trump administration, the president has filled the Executive Branch with approximately 400 qualified nominees through the < Senate confirmation process. Unfortunately, hundreds of others remain in limbo.

As the 116th Congress starts, we are deeply concerned that some highly qualified nominees who were not confirmed by the last Congress will not be resubmitted. Failure to resubmit these nominees would be a generous reward for those in Congress who want to obstruct the president's America First agenda.

For example, in the spring Mr. Trump nominated Ronald W. Mortensen to head up the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, which oversees refugee policy. Incredibly, Mr. Mortensen is still awaiting Senate confirmation, largely due to the efforts of open-borders lobbyists and left-wing activists to scuttle his nomination.

Ron Mortensen is impeccably qualified. He served for decades in the State Department as a career foreign service officer. More recently, he has led numerous international humanitarian assistance and economic development programs in the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa.

Opponents of the president's immigration agenda, such as the refugee industry contractors and immigrant advocacy groups, and ethnic grievance activists have viciously attached Ron Mortensen, not because of his character or his experience, but as a proxy for the Trump policies, which they disagree with. These are groups that want the United States to admit ever-higher numbers of refugees without regard for the impact on American communities, national security or how these resources could be more effectively deployed to help even more people abroad.

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In solidarity with the contractors, the ACLU has smeared Ron Mortensen as an "anti-immigrant zealot." The Anti-Defamation League has falsely claimed that he has used "extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric" that negates his qualifications and ability to work with refugees.

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