Over Republican objections, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Sarah Saldaña, to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill reports. The vote was 55-39 to confirm her as head of Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE). She will be the first Hispanic woman to lead the agency. Republicans objected partly because she would be tasked with enforcing President Obama's executive order to issue worker visas to illegal immigrants.
“She will continue the pattern of lawlessness perpetuated by the president and the political leadership at the Department of Homeland Security,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Al.). “Congress cannot and must not confirm anyone to lead an agency in DHS or other law enforcement agency who supports executive amnesty.” On the Democratic side, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-De.) said, “We're talking about filling a big [leadership] gap,””It's an agency that has been without a Senate-appointed leader for 16 months.” Democrats said Republicans complained about a lack of border security yet held up the very nominee that would be charged with securing the border.