Gonzalez outlined the challenges facing Harris County, diciendo: “All of this leads me to the unavoidable conclusion that in 2022, I must devote my full, undivided attention and energy toward fulfilling the duties that the people of Harris County elected me to perform.”
En una oracion, a White House spokesperson said: “Sheriff Gonzalez has the qualifications and experience to do this important job and would have been a great leader of ICE.”
“We thank Sheriff Gonzalez for his willingness to serve in the face of baseless allegations against his family and thank Homeland Security Chairman (Gary) Peters for his diligent and hard work in support of the nomination,” el portavoz agregó.
A principios de este año, Senador republicano. James Lankford of Oklahoma raised an alleged domestic complaint against Gonzalez
The affidavit, provided by Lankford and filed last year, was part of a lawsuit against staff members of Houston Community College and unrelated to Gonzalez. A licensed police officer for the college claimed in the affidavit that he, along with another officer, was called to investigate “an alleged domestic dispute” involving Melissa Gonzalez, Gonzalez’s wife. Melissa Gonzalez previously denied that she had filed or made a complaint against her husband.
A bipartisan inquiry into the allegations by staff with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee found a series of discrepancies in the affidavit and individuals mentioned denied the events mentioned ever took place, according to the findings obtained by CNN.
González, who was elected sheriff of Harris County in
2016, has a decades-long career in law enforcement
. During his nomination hearing last year
, González provided a glimpse of his approach to the role of ICE director if confirmed
, diciendo, “I also understand when it comes to law enforcement
, that we can be firm on crime
, we can be firm on enforcement
, but we don’t have to lose our compassion and humanity as well.
En febrero, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines to move Gonzalez for full Senate consideration
— por segunda vez. A previous hearing and vote were held
, but Gonzalez had to be renominated because of the new legislative session
. He did not receive a Senate floor vote