President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the agency tasked with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws believes Obama can unilaterally grant temporary amnesty and work permits to illegal immigrants.
When Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee (R-UT) asked nominee Sarah Saldaña, who will head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if confirmed, whether she rejected Obama’s executive amnesty that “will unilaterally grant legal residence and work authorizations to up to five million individuals illegally in the country,” Saldaña simply replied, “no.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Saldaña’s nomination on Wednesday. Saldaña wrote to the Senators:
I believe that the President of the United States, as others before him, has legal authority to take Executive action to address areas within the purview of the Executive branch. It is my understanding that the recently announced Executive action pertaining to immigration was reviewed, shaped and considered by a number of people in whom I have great confidence, including Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder.
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