“Gonzalez’s resolution to terminate the county’s participation in 287(g)”—a deeply flawed program permitting native legislation enforcement to behave as federal immigration brokers—“and his previous feedback condemning the Trump-era ICE, make Republicans cautious of his nomination,” Houston Public Media reported.
But it’s immigrant and civil rights advocates who were left deeply worried following Gonzalez’s June listening to, the place he mentioned it wouldn’t be his intent to finish 287(g), Roll Name reported on the time. Sheriff candidates have campaigned on ending dangerous 287(g) agreements of their counties and won. Throughout his marketing campaign, “President Biden pledged to finish all 287(g) agreements made by the Trump administration,” Immigration Impression noted final yr.
In what also needs to be a matter for additional fear, insurrectionist Josh Hawley famous throughout Gonzalez’s June listening to that he was “heartened” by the responses he was listening to. “I recognize your solutions, sheriff,” Hawley mentioned in line with Roll Name. “I feel they do put you in vital rigidity with this administration’s insurance policies. I’m personally high quality with that.” I’m positive he’s.
American Civil Liberties Union Senior Coverage Counsel Naureen Shah mentioned on the time that “Gonzalez appeared extra serious about placating anti-immigrant politicians on the committee than laying out a imaginative and prescient for reform.” She mentioned it “was an enormous missed alternative to make it clear to immigrant households and communities that the Biden administration is really dedicated to creating a decisive break from the Trump administration’s racist and anti-immigrant insurance policies.”
ICE is getting into a brand new yr with the identical negligent insurance policies that have added hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 infections to the nationwide caseload. Citing the shortly spreading omicron variant, advocates are renewing their calls for the discharge of immigrants from federal immigration detention, which officers have each means to do.
There are already some worrying indicators on the horizon. “There are 499 ICE detainees who’ve examined optimistic for COVID-19 and are presently being monitored by detention employees, per newest authorities knowledge,” BuzzFeed Information’ Hamed Aleaziz tweeted on Tuesday. “That quantity was at 285 simply yesterday.”
The Senate did confirm Biden’s nominee to go Customs and Border Safety late final yr by a 50-47 vote. ICE’s most up-to-date Senate-confirmed director was Sarah Saldaña, who served beneath the Obama administration from 2014 to 2017. All subsequent ICE administrators put in beneath Obama’s successor served in an performing capability. Amongst them was Matthew Albence, who as soon as in contrast migrant household jails to “summer camps.” However when requested throughout a congressional listening to if he’d ship his family members to certainly one of these “summer season camps,” he refused to directly answer.
One other former performing director, Mark Morgan, joined designated hate group FAIR. Morgan once claimed during a Fox News interview with white supremacist sympathizer Tucker Carlson that he might look deep into the eyes of an asylum-seeking youngster in U.S. custody and inform in the event that they’d change into a gang member. The previous president’s remaining performing director, Tae Johnson, continues to serve in that position beneath Biden.
National Immigrant Justice Center Director of Coverage Heidi Altman mentioned final yr that ought to he be confirmed, advocates hope Gonzalez will “work with communities to reimagine an method to immigration enforcement that respects human rights.”