In the July 2019 Facebook post, Gonzalez He said he had opposed the emergency immigration raids on Twitter a month before former Republican President Donald Trump, saying the ICE would “start deporting millions of illegal aliens.”
“I do not support ICE raids that threaten to deport millions of unverified immigrants, most of whom are not a threat to the United States,” Gonzalez wrote. “The focus should always be on clear and immediate safety hazards.”
The nomination will need to be approved by the US Senate, which split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, which could lead to a rift between Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden campaigned on Trump’s pledge to reject several tough immigration policies. Since Biden took office on January 20, his administration has granted a 100-day reprieve for many deportees and limited the number of people arrested and deported by the ICE.
Biden’s deportation was dealt a severe blow by Republicans and was blocked a few days after a federal judge imposed the tax.
Biden announced on April 12 that he would tap Arizona Police Chief Chris Magnus to head the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Magnus criticized the Trump administration’s attempt to force the so-called “asylum” jurisdiction to cooperate with federal law enforcement.
Gonzalez Attempts were also made to limit relations between local police and federal immigration enforcement agencies. In 2017, it ended Harris County’s participation in a program that increased cooperation between county law enforcement and federal immigration officials.
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