Biden’s ICE director nominee, Ed Gonzalez, abruptly withdraws

The Biden administration continues to take embarrassing losses on all fronts, and the latest stinger came in the form of his nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who he appointed last year, dropping out of the nomination process.

According to the New York Post, Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced in a series of tweets this week that he’s no longer interested in holding the top spot at ICE, an agency despised by most Democrats and currently unable to conduct its primary mission because of the radical, liberal policies of the Biden administration. 

“On Sunday, I informed President Biden’s administration that I am respectfully withdrawing from consideration for the post of Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Gonzalez tweeted on Monday.

He added: “More than a year has passed since the President nominated me for this important position, which has not had a Senate-confirmed director since the Obama administration.”

“I arrived at 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.”

As the Washington Examiner noted, however, his announcement comes as he’s a suspect in a domestic violence incident, which is why his confirmation, set for earlier this year, was rescheduled by the Senate. “​If these allegations of physical and violent domestic abuse are true, they are disqualifying for a law enforcement officer at any level and raise significant questions about the nominee​,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said at the time.

Currently, there aren’t any known plans to replace Gonzalez with a new nominee, and the position will likely go unfilled for the seventh year in a row as of 2023.