Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a new leader. The Senate confirmed Sarah Saldana as head of ICE, but not before Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) had some choice words about her. He notes Saldana has said illegal immigrants who qualify for executive amnesty have a “right” to citizenship and would help Obama subvert the immigration laws she is supposed to enforce.

Sarah Saldana

Sarah Saldaña

Lee said that Obama “subverted” the democratic process and the “constitutional order” with his executive amnesty and declared that it was “incumbent” on Senators to “oppose that usurpation of legislative power” and defend the rule of law.

He said “fulfilling that duty” lead him to oppose Saldana’s nomination, especially because “her commitment to the rule of law may falter” when it comes to the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Lee said that it was an “extraordinarily bold assertion” on Saldana’s part when she told senators that she agreed with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson that illegal immigrants who are eligible for executive amnesty have “earned the right to be citizens.”


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