HOUSTON - Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez auditioned this week for what could easily be the "most challenging job" in the nation - that of directing immigration and customs enforcement.
During his Senate confirmation hearing, Gonzalez said he believes unauthorized entry into the United States "should remain a crime" but believes the agency can enforce the law without discarding "compassion."
The former Houston cop and city councilmember faced sharp questioning from republicans deeply concerned about the porous border.
Gonzalez is widely viewed here in Harris County as having performed well under very tough circumstances. But frankly, he's heading into a colossal hornets’ nest within a political minefield.