Bullock: Putting Cuccinelli in charge of immigration 'like putting Putin in charge of election security'

Bullock: Putting Cuccinelli in charge of immigration 'like putting Putin in charge of election security'
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Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Left off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa MORE (D), a 2020 White House hopeful, on Sunday blasted acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services head Ken Cuccinelli, saying putting the immigration hardliner in charge of immigration is similar to tasking Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTaliban travels to Moscow after Trump declares talks dead Russians tune out Vladimir Putin Democrats must engage foreign policy to preserve liberal world order MORE with monitoring elections.

“Putting him in charge of immigration is like putting Putin in charge of election security,” Bullock told “Fox News Sunday” guest host Dana Perino in response to Cuccinelli’s defense of a proposed rule that would expand the types of public aid whose recipients are considered a “public charge,” which could prevent them from receiving green cards.

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“I’m for border security, I’m for figuring out comprehensive immigration reform,” said Bullock, who has frequently touted his victory in a state that went overwhelmingly for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE as evidence of his electability, adding that the Trump administration has used immigration policies to “not only rip families apart, but this country apart.”

Cuccinelli has vocally defended the proposed “public charge” rule in the past week, to the point of revising Emma Lazarus’s poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty to “give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”

The former Virginia attorney general defended the alteration last week, telling CNN “that poem referred back to people coming from Europe where they had class-based societies.”

Immigration advocates have warned that the expansion of the rule, which would cover Medicaid and food stamps, could intimidate legal immigrants into foregoing aid they need to survive.