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April 27, 2021

Houston-area sheriff is named to lead immigration agency
By Juan A. Lozano and Elliot Spagat

Deportations have already fallen sharply under Biden’s watch. There were 2,214 immigration arrests in March, down 67% from 6,679 in December, Trump’s last full month in office. If confirmed, Gonzalez will oversee an agency with more than 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $8 billion. It manages the world’s largest network of immigration jails and includes Homeland Security Investigations, which looks at a wide range of international crimes including money laundering, antiquity theft, child pornography and human smuggling. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called on the Senate to quickly confirm Gonzalez. “With a distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Sheriff Gonzalez is well-suited to lead ICE as the agency advances our public safety and homeland security mission,” Mayorkas said. In accordance with Texas law, Gonzalez honored ICE requests to hold suspects up to 48 hours. The Harris County Jail honored more requests than any other facility in the country during the 12-month period that ended in September 2019, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

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