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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez at an event in 2020. Photo: Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden nominated Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff of Harris County, Texas, on Tuesday to be the next director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Why it matters: Gonzalez, a seasoned law enforcement official, is known for criticizing the Trump administration's immigration policies, per AP.

The big picture: After being elected sheriff in 2016, Gonzalez pulled Harris County out of a federal partnership that allowed sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration laws, according to AP.

  • He later criticized then-President Trump for vowing to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, saying he didn't support such a policy.
  • "The focus should always be on clear & immediate safety threats. Not others who are not threats," Gonzalez wrote in a July 2019 Facebook post.

What they're saying: "Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is a strong choice for ICE Director," Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

  • "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."

Worth noting: ICE hasn't had a Senate-confirmed director since 2017.

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AG urges Abbott to rescind restrictions on undocumented migrant travel

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Attorney General Merrick Garland (right). Photos: Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool and Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to immediately rescind restrictions on undocumented migrant travel.

Why it matters: Abbott's order, which bars people from providing ground transportation to migrants detained for illegally crossing the border, gives the state's Department of Public Safety authority to stop and reroute "any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion" of violating the order.

Biden administration reinstates fast-track deportation flights

Guatemalan immigrant Yamari Yaneli, 1, waits with her family for U.S. Border Patrol agents to transport them to a processing center. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Biden administration on Friday resumed fast-track deportation flights to Central America, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

The big picture: Officials said Monday that they were planning to resume "expedited removal flights" following an increase in the number of migrants crossing into the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, the Washington Post reports.

More startups are offering boozy desserts

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Eating ice cream on a hot summer day is one of the simplest pleasures in life. For those 21 and older, adding a little bit of booze might make it even better.

The big picture: Several startup companies across the country are infusing alcohol into delicious frozen desserts, creating one of this summer's hottest trends, Bloomberg reports