Sarah Saldana has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, aka ICE.
Wow. That was a close a call that never should have been that close.
In that curious game of political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans who once sang Saldana’s praises turned on a dime against her nomination. Why is that? Well, it seems they didn’t like her support of President Obama’s executive order delaying deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.
OK, so let’s consider that for a moment.
Saldana was deemed supremely qualified to lead this critical national security agency prior to the executive action. NPR this morning had a report of how the GOP tide turned against her instantly as she backed Obama’s decision. One of her supporters-turned-foes happened to be Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
So, the Republicans wanted her to in effect turn against the policies of the president who appointed her.
What in the name of God’s green Earth did they expect from this presidential appointee? Is this person going to spit in the face of the man who selected her to lead the effort to protect our borders? Of course not!
Yet the GOP caucus in the Senate all but demanded it of her.
All the while, Senate and House Republicans keep harping — correctly, I should add — that the nation needs to do all it can to prevent illegal immigrants from streaming into our country.
Do they want the president to appoint an ICE director or don’t they?
Well, we now have one.
As someone noted this morning on National Public Radio, the job Saldana is about to assume is arguably the most difficult job in the federal government.
If she was a stellar choice prior to her backing the president on immigration, then she remains a stellar choice today.
Let’s get to work, ICE Director Saldana.