President Joe Biden nominated Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, a critic of interior immigration enforcement, to be Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director.
In a statement Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called Gonzalez a “strong choice for ICE director” following Biden’s nomination.
“With a distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Sheriff Gonzalez is well-suited to lead ICE as the agency advances our public safety and homeland security mission,” Mayorkas said. “I hope the Senate will swiftly confirm Sheriff Gonzalez to this critical position.”
In 2017, as Breitbart News reported, Gonzalez made national headlines when he ended Harris County’s 287(g) agreement with ICE — the program that allows local law enforcement to seamlessly turn criminal illegal aliens over to ICE agents.
“After thoughtful consideration, I’ve decided to opt-out of the voluntary 287(g) program,” Gonzalez told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “We’ll