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President Biden Nominates Harris County Sheriff to Head ICE

President Biden will be nominating Ed Gonzalez to serve as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gonzalez has served as sheriff to Texas’ most populous county since 2017, prior to which he served on the Houston City Council. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is a long-time critic of former president Donald Trump and his immigration policies. In 2017, he ended a partnership with ICE that authorized local officials to enforce federal immigration laws. Through Twitter, Gonzalez denounced the ICE raids that became normalized under the Trump administration, and reassured residents that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office would not be participating. Based on these past condemnations, Ed Gonzalez’s nomination may signify a more progressive path away from the reprehensible history U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has etched thus far.

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