Ed Gonzalez, President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has withdrawn from consideration for the position after an announcement on Monday. This follows a number of blocks after allegations of domestic violence emerged.
Gonzalez, who is currently the sheriff of Harris County, Texas, said he let the Biden administration know about his withdrawal on Sunday.
He added that a full year had passed since his nomination became public and that the Congress had not yet moved forward with the confirmation process. He added that ICE “has not had a Senate-confirmed director since the Obama administration.”
Gonzalez reached this decision “after prayerfully considering what’s best for our nation, my family, and the people of Harris County who elected me to serve a second term as sheriff.”
Gonzalez wrote in a tweet: “I am grateful to President Biden for the honor of nominating me, and I wish this administration well as it strives to overcome the paralyzing political gridlock that threatens far more than our nation’s border. Frankly, the dysfunction threatens America’s heart and soul.”
He added: “My love for America and my desire to serve during these contentious times is stronger than ever. Ensuring the safety and security of the people of Harris County is a great honor, and I am fully devoted to continuing to fulfill this responsibility.”
The ICE director is tasked with overseeing thousands of officers who are responsible for arresting and deporting illegal immigrants trying to enter the U.S.