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Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he has withdrawn from running for the post of director of immigration and enforcement, more than a year after he was nominated by President Biden for the job. .
Gonzalez tweeted Monday that he “came to this decision after prayerfully considering what is best for our nation, my family and the people of Harris County.”
“I am grateful to President Biden for the honor of appointing me, and I wish this administration well as it strives to overcome the crippling political impasse that threatens far more than our country’s border,” he said. Gonzalez said in a social media statement. “Frankly, dysfunction threatens the heart and soul of America.”
US-MEXICO BORDER CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS FOR MIGRANT ENCOUNTERS
Gonzalez, the sheriff of Texas’ largest county, noted that his nomination had stalled for more than a year and that the U.S. Senate had not confirmed an ICE director since the Biden administration.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., raised concerns about Gonzalez’s nomination in March following domestic abuse allegations against the sheriff and called on Democrats to delay the vote.
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Gonzalez’s withdrawal comes amid a wave of migrants crossing the southern border. Customs and Border Protection counted a record 239,416 migrant encounters in May, eclipsing the previous record of 235,478 encounters in April.