Gonzales, an 18-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, opposed Mr. Trump’s immigration policy and, after being elected president in 2016, appointed his department from a federal partnership that appointed an agent with immigration authorities. I pulled it apart.
The sheriff said the decision was monetary and explained that his agent would need to be available to carry out other law enforcement obligations other than immigration law enforcement.
Regarding Mr. Trump’s view of immigration policy, Mr. Gonzales was not shy, even though he justified the move as financial.
“I don’t support the ICE assault that could deport millions of undocumented migrants, the majority of which are not a threat to the United States,” Gonzales said in July 2019 on Facebook. I am writing in. Safety threat. Not someone else who is not a threat. “
He said he was worried that aggressive and hard-line immigration law enforcement would “push undocumented families even further.”
Mr Biden announced his nomination on Tuesday. If successful, Gonzales will be the first identified ICE leader since 2017.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas urged the Senate to promptly confirm Mr Gonzales’ role.
If confirmed, he oversees 20,000 powerful federal agencies that manage an annual budget of $ 8 billion.
In addition to immigrant enforcement, ICE manages the largest network of immigrant prisons on the planet and oversees the Department of Homeland Security’s investigation into a wide range of international crimes such as child pornography, trafficking and money laundering. ..
The organizational policy has already shifted under Mr. Biden’s leadership.
Shortly before the nomination announcement, ICE announced that it would limit court arrests in accordance with Mr. Biden’s immigration goals. This is a practice that discourages undocumented individuals from attending court hearings.
The Biden administration will announce immigration goals and guidelines in the coming weeks.
Deportation during Mr. Biden’s tenure has declined significantly. Deportation in March decreased 67% from 6.679 in December, Trump’s last month in office, to 2,214.
Biden also announced two other nominations for major immigration positions at the Department of Homeland Security.
The president has nominated Chris Magnus, the chief of police in Tucson, Arizona, as the head of the US Customs and Border Protection, and Ur Jadu, an immigration lawyer who once served in the Obama administration, as the US Citizens’ Immigration Department.