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 BullockBrent Budowsky: Bloomberg should give billion to Democrats Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive 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 PutinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules Don't assume Iran will be behind the next big cyber attack Vladimir Putin will not be president for life but he is sure to have power 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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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.