Senator Sessions Remarks On ICE Director Nomination


WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, submitted remarks for the Judiciary Committee record on the nomination of Sarah Saldaña to be the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In his remarks, which follow below, Sessions details ICE’s systemic dismantling of immigration law:

“Ms. Saldaña has been nominated to head the nation’s top immigration law enforcement agency, which has been at the epicenter of this Administration’s refusal to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.

Unfortunately, the Chairman denied a request by the Ranking Members of the full Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security that this nominee testify at a hearing. Such a hearing would have provided members with the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the nominee regarding important issues, particularly with regard to the President’s recent unlawful executive actions.

We were permitted to submit written questions, however, and we received responses to those questions just yesterday. Ms. Saldaña’s responses reflect a remarkable disregard for the rule of law and demonstrate that, if confirmed, she will continue the pattern of lawlessness perpetuated by the President and the political leadership at the Department of Homeland Security.