Ed Gonzalez withdraws as Biden’s ICE nominee

Ed Gonzalez withdraws as Biden’s ICE nominee

​President Biden’s nominee to go Immigration and Customs Enforcement introduced Monday he had withdrawn his identify from consideration greater than a yr after he was first tapped for the place.

“On Sunday, I knowledgeable President Biden’s administration that I’m respectfully withdrawing from consideration for the publish of Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Harris County, Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote on his Twitter account.​

“I arrived at this determination after prayerfully contemplating what’s greatest for our nation, my household, and the folks of Harris County,” added Gonzalez.

Biden first nominated Gonzalez in April 2021 and submitted his identify to the Senate once more in January. 

Democrats on the committee pulled a vote to advance his nomination in March after Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) revealed an affidavit from July 2021 containing home assault allegations in opposition to Gonzalez.

Lankford requested for the vote to be delayed till the claims might be investigated.​

Biden first nominated Gonzalez in April 2021 and submitted his identify to the Senate once more in January. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“​If these allegations of bodily and violent home abuse are true, they’re disqualifying for a regulation enforcement officer at any stage and lift vital questions concerning the nominee​,” Lankford wrote in a letter to Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Safety Committee.​

“It could be irresponsible for the Senate to vote on the affirmation of Sheriff Gonzalez to be Director of ICE till we decide whether or not the allegations outlined within the connected affidavit are true. The cloture movement must be instantly withdrawn till this matter is resolved​,” Lankford added. 

A Houston Neighborhood Faculty police officer claimed within the affidavit that he was referred to as to the college to analyze a “home criticism” from Melissa Gonzalez about her husband. 

Democrats pulled a vote to advance his nomination in March after an affidavit from July 2021 containing home assault allegations in opposition to Gonzalez was revealed.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Name, Inc by way of Getty Photographs

The officer, who not works on the faculty, stated the spouse wished to file the criticism “due to advised violence she had skilled by the hands of the sheriff.”

Gonzalez rejected the claims when Lankford launched the affidavit. 

“It’s false, it’s all politics,” he instructed CW39 in Houston on the time.

The committee later discovered that the officer had not submitted any written report concerning the alleged incident and the panel had no different proof to assist any declare in opposition to the sheriff.

A White Home spokesperson stated in a press release Monday that Gonzalez had the “{qualifications} and expertise” to go up the company. 

Ed Gonzalez (proper), sheriff searching for re-election for Harris County, speaks to voters outdoors a polling station in Subject Elementary College on March 3, 2020.Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg by way of Getty Photographs

“We thank Sheriff Gonzalez for his willingness to serve within the face of baseless allegations in opposition to his household and thank Homeland Safety Chairman (Gary) Peters for his diligent and exhausting work in assist of the nomination,” the spokesperson ​stated.

ICE has not had a Senate-confirmed director because the finish of Barack Obama’s administration and Gonzalez blamed “political gridlock” for his nomination languishing earlier than Congress.​

“​I want this administration effectively because it strives to beat the paralyzing political gridlock that threatens way over our nation’s border. Frankly, the dysfunction threatens America’s coronary heart and soul​,” he tweeted. ​

The final director of ICE, Sarah Saldana, stepped down on Jan. 20, 2017.​

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