First, our wise Latina, with nary an arrest in her government career, named to lead the nation's primary immigration law enforcement agency.
Dallas News August 27, 2014 by Kevin Krause
Texas' first Latina U.S. attorney may become the nation's first Latina head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sarah Saldaña is being considered for the job by the Obama administration, according to a federal law enforcement official.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday evening that that Saldaña is the front-runner for the position.
The White House declined to comment on the Saldaña rumor. Her office also declined to comment.
Saldaña has held the top prosecutor job not even three years and currently is in charge of the high-profile public corruption case against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. The trial was recently delayed until January 2016.
Saldaña was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas in September 2011. Previously, she 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 in 2010.Aside from being a U.S. Attorney, with a sum total of 200+ employees to manage, she has no real law enforcement experience, e.g. making arrests or managing those who make arrests. She has prosecuted federal crimes in Texas, but has never made an arrest. The primary responsibility of ICE is to enforce immigration law, not prosecute those arrested.
From her biography at the Department of Justice (DOJ), her primary experience has been in public corruption, which would make her a good candidate for the DOJ to appoint as a special prosecutor of Eric Holder, not to head an agency with 20,000 or so employees involved in immigration law enforcement.
In 2004 she was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including bank and mortgage fraud, civil rights, human trafficking, and public corruption. Most recently she served as the Deputy Criminal Chief in charge of the District’s Fraud and Public Corruption section, leading the successful prosecution of the Dallas City Hall public corruption case.74% of illegal immigrants are Latino. It is clear that besides no experience in immigration law enforcement, Saldaña, presents a conflict of interest in the position.
DHS has a long line of attorney failures in executive positions with DHS; Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, Janet Napolitano, Jeh Johnson, John Morton, Julie Meyers, and Alan Bersin. Time to stop hiring attorneys to do the job that needs an experienced Border Patrol Agent.