- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is on Capitol Hill for the start of the confirmation process to serve as United Nations ambassador.

Haley on Wednesday is to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She’s being introduced by South Carolina’s U.S. senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.

In November, Haley became the first woman and first minority chosen by President-elect Donald Trump for his Cabinet. The second-term governor was a Trump critic, asking Americans to resist “the siren call of the angriest voices” in how the nation treats immigrants.

But she has also fought the Obama administration on both legal and illegal immigration. Last December, she asked that no Syrian refugees be relocated to South Carolina because of “gaps in available intelligence” on those fleeing the civil war.

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