On other occasions, the Trump Administration has been known for nominating candidates for public office without consideration of their capacity for the position.
But last week's nomination of Ronald Mortensen to the post of Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration is a much more delicate move.
Mortensen has a background in immigration services, having worked for the International Development Agency in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID / OFDA), and has experience in diplomatic missions in France, Australia, Canada, Gabon, Mauritania and Chad, according to the description of the official document of the White House.
Although Mortensen seems to be the ideal candidate for the job, his radical positions on immigration make him an ideal pawn for the White House's anti-immigrant campaign.
According to The Atlantic, Mortensen has carried out semi-professional research work within the well-known Center for Immigration Studies—a think tank based in Washington that supports the reduction of immigration in the United States—where he has continuously published articles in which "he links illegal immigration with identity theft and the increase in crime rates."
Mortensen "has railed against Dreamers, who were brought to the country when children without documentation, has criticized the efforts to reform the immigration system and has specifically attacked Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio, the Mormon Church and the Evangelical leaders by their support for those efforts."
Anne Richards, who occupied the post to which Mortensen is now nominated between 2012 and 2017, told the media, "I think it’s alarming to have people put forward who are so strongly anti-immigrant when the job requires building bridges to other countries and working to help people in need around the world."
For Richards, to "be hostile" to people born abroad is a tacit paradox in the office. "In terms of running a refugee-resettlement program, it’s very important that the person appreciate the American tradition of being a home for refugees and immigrants and wanting to make that work as opposed to tear it down."
However, Mortensen's comments in his publications indicate precisely that his mission would be aimed at perpetuating the stigmatization and rejection of the immigrant community.
Proof of this was his column for The Hill, in which he assured that the criminal activities committed by immigrants "are routinely swept under the rug in order to protect the myth of the law abiding illegal alien. However, when pushed, even the strongest supporters of illegal aliens are forced to acknowledge that the vast majority of illegal aliens commit multiple felonies."
Mortensen even goes so far as to argue, with the typical expertise of someone who is accustomed to academic research, that the data compiled by liberal media only "justify" identity theft to explain the tax contributions of immigrants.
The nomination of this character is, therefore, an update of the government's administrative strategies to sophisticate anti-immigrant rhetoric, overcoming the previous pitfalls of militant officials, and moving on to hiring "professional" racists.