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. Saldaña 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 that Saldaña 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, Saldaña 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.