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Biden nominates Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to head ICE

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WASHINGTON —  President Joe Biden announced Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County, Texas, as his nominee for director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday. He was included in a list of 11 nominations for key national security positions.

Gonzalez was elected sheriff of Harris County, Texas — one of the state’s most populous counties and home to Houston — in 2016. He manages the third largest sheriff’s office in the nation.

He has publicly criticized immigration policies instituted by the administration of former President Donald Trump. Shortly after his election, Gonzalez withdrew Harris County from a federal partnership dating to 2008 that authorized sheriff’s deputies to enforce immigration laws. The Trump administration increased the partnerships from 35 to 150, mostly in Texas and Florida.

While a sergeant in the Houston Police Department, Gonzalez condemned Trump’s commitment to mass deportations. He disavowed raids by ICE in a 2019 Facebook post.

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