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Biden’s choice for ICE director to withdraw

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Biden invited Gonzalez to be ICE director last year. But more than a year later, his nomination tired in the Senate.

“On Sunday, I informed the administration of President Biden that I respectfully withdraw from consideration for the position of Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” said Gonzalez, who currently holds the post. Sheriff’s Office of Harris County, Texas, added that he had made the decision. after “sincerely considering what’s best for our nation, my family, and the people of Harris County, who elected me to serve a second term as Sheriff.”

ICE, an agency under the Department of Homeland Security, has not had a Senate-confirmed director since the Obama administration. Immigrant Detention and Deportation and Crime Investigation Agency, currently headed by Tae Johnson in an action role.

In a letter to Biden obtained by CNN, Gonzalez called the nomination a “great honor.”

Gonzalez outlined the challenges facing Harris County, saying, “All of this leads me to the inevitable conclusion that by 2022, I must devote all of my attention and energy to completing it. into the duties that the people of Harris County elected me to perform.”

In a statement, a White House spokesman said: “Sheriff Gonzalez has the qualifications and experience to carry out this important work and should be a great leader for ICE.”

“We thank Sheriff Gonzalez for his willingness to serve in the face of the baseless allegations against his family, and Homeland Security Chairman (Gary) Peters for his hard work and dedication. working hard to support the nomination,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier this year, Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma brought up an alleged domestic complaint against Gonzalez.

The affidavit, provided by Lankford and filed last year, is part of a lawsuit against Houston Community College employees and is not related to Gonzalez. A college-licensed police officer stated in affidavits that he, along with another officer, was called to investigate “an alleged family dispute” involving Melissa Gonzalez Gonzalez’s wife. Melissa Gonzalez has previously denied that she filed or filed a complaint against her husband.

As a result of CNN’s research, a bipartisan investigation into employees’ allegations with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees uncovered a range of discrepancies in the statement. under oath and the individuals mentioned have denied the facts mentioned.

Gonzalez, who was elected Harris County sheriff in 2016, has a decades-long law enforcement career. During his nomination hearing last year, Gonzalez provide a glimpse about his approach to the role of ICE director if confirmed, saying, “I also understand when it comes to law enforcement, that we can be adamant on crime, we can steadfast in enforcement, but we need not lose our compassion and humanity.”
In February, the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs voted in line with the party line transfer Gonzalez for full consideration by the Senate – a second time. An earlier hearing and vote was held, but Gonzalez had to give up because of a new legislative session. He did not receive a floor vote by the Senate.

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