Trump's Pick to Run Refugee Program Is a Fellow at Anti-Immigrant Group - 2018-05-25
President Trump on Thursday nominated Ronald Mortensen, a vocal critic of undocumented immigrants, to serve as assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
The Utah native is the founder of the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration and serves as a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. The group, which says its mission is to highlight the negative effects of legal and illegal immigration, is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Mortensen currently serves as a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigrant hate group that's part of a network founded by white nationalist John Tanton. The Center for Immigration Studies is well known for producing shoddy research that demonizes immigrants with falsehoods. While he's been there, Mortensen has played a role in exaggerating — against all evidence — a link between immigration and crime.