Biden Picks Texas Sheriff to Lead Immigration-Enforcement Agency

Biden Picks Texas Sheriff to Lead Immigration-Enforcement Agency

President Biden said he would nominate Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of Texas’s most populous county and a critic of Trump-era immigration policies, to serve as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The nomination comes as the Biden administration contends with a surge of migrants crossing illegally at the southern border, with migrant arrests there hitting a 15-year high in March. The administration’s response has been met with criticism from both sides of the aisle.

Mr. Gonzalez, who has served as Harris County sheriff since 2017, ended a partnership that year with ICE—the Department of Homeland Security agency that is charged with arresting and deporting immigrants—that authorized local officials to enforce federal immigration laws in the county.

ICE has said the program creating those partnerships, which was adopted under federal law in 1996, helps local and federal officials better identify and remove criminals from the country.

Mr. Gonzalez also criticized immigration raids under the Trump administration in a tweet in July 2019. “I do not support #ICERaids that threaten to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom do not represent a threat to the U.S.,” Mr. Gonzalez wrote that month, when the raids occurred. “The focus should always be on clear & immediate safety threats.”

Source: WSJ – US News

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