Senate Confirms Sarah Saldana to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement within DHS

WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Sarah Saldaña to be Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Senate confirmed Ms. Saldaña by a vote of 55 to 39.

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been without a presidentially appointed leader for more than 16 months – that is far too long, particularly considering the challenges we face along our borders,” said Chairman Carper. “Sarah Saldaña will provide the leadership our country needs in this critically important and particularly challenging position. Ms. Saldaña is a respected member of the law enforcement community who comes highly recommended, with bipartisan support. Thankfully, Ms. Saldaña has graciously stepped up to the plate to assume this demanding appointment. She undoubtedly has a tough job ahead of her, but I believe that she is up to the task.”