US’ Outgoing Homeland Security Acting Chief Comes to Cyprus

NICOSIA — US Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, who as court ruled was appointmented unlawfully and will leave office Jan. 20, was expected in Cyprus Jan. 4 for a two-day visit to talk about security cooperation and sharing intelligence.

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled Wolf was not lawfully serving as Homeland Security chief when he issued an order suspending the law known as DACA, which defers action on child refugee arrivals.

While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had also visited earlier, Wolf will essentially repeat that in meetings with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and was due to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the regional Cyprus Center for Land, Open Seas and Port Security (CYCLOPS) which is the result of a Cyprus-US bilateral cooperation program, said Kathimerini.

On Jan. 5 he is scheduled to go to the Foreign Ministry and consult with official delegations to review the cooperation program even though he will soon be out of that position when President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry said issues discussed will also include the next steps for Cyprus’ induction into the US Visa Waiver Program and border security although it wasn’t explained why he was coming close to the end of the Trump Administration.


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