Census Bureau Director nominee Robert Santos, left, and nominee for Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Ed Gonzalez, of Texas, listen to instructions as they arrive for a committee hearing on their nominations, Thursday, July 15, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo
President Joe Bidens pick to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Monday that hed withdrawn his nomination for the post.
Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of Harris County, Texas, said he told the president of his decision over the weekend after prayerfully considering whats best for our nation, my family, and the people of Harris County who elected me to serve a second term as Sheriff.
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 nations border. Frankly, the dysfunction threatens Americas heart and soul, Gonzalez said in a post on Twitter. 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.