CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Corpus Christi native is poised to become the first Latina to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
President Barack Obama announced this week he was nominating 62-year-old U.S. district attorney Sarah R. SaldaÃ±a as assistant secretary of ICE. The division of the Department of Homeland Security is tasked with responding to the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1tXYVHi ) that SaldaÃ±a is the youngest of seven siblings. Her nomination requires Senate approval.
She won Senate confirmation in 2011 to become the first Latina serving in her current post.
Previously, SaldaÃ±a was a federal prosecutor in Dallas who worked on the City Hall corruption case that sent former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill to federal prison for 18 years.