The mayor of one of the largest “sanctuary cities” in the United States has reversed his city’s policy of not detaining illegal immigrants wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Miami Herald reported.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican, has announced he will reverse the city’s policy after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would deny some federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE. On Thursday, Giminez directed his county jails to work with the federal government.
“In light of the provisions of the executive order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” Gimenez wrote to the city’s interim director of corrections.
Mayor Gimenez is a Republican, although he openly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, according to the Herald. While Miami-Dade was listed as a “sanctuary city” in a May 2016 report by the Justice Department, the city vehemently denied that it fit the label.
“Since 2013, Miami-Dade has refused to indefinitely detain inmates who are in the country illegally and wanted by ICE — not based on principle, but because the federal government doesn’t fully reimburse the county for the expense,” the Herald reported.
However, Miami-Dade’s bill for detaining the illegal immigrants would have only been $52,000 in 2016 had it not been a sanctuary city. Considering its budget of $7 billion, this seems unlikely to have been a major burden for Miami-Dade. And considering the $333 million it receives from the federal government, ending the policy seemed to be a “no-brainer,” a spokesman for the mayor’s office told Fox News.
“I want to make sure we don’t put in jeopardy the millions of funds we get from the federal government for a $52,000 issue,” Giminez told the Herald. “It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be arresting more people. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be enforcing any immigration laws.”
It didn’t take long for Trump to speak out on social media about Gimenez’s decision.
“Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy,” President Trump wrote late Thursday. “Right decision. Strong!”
Keep in mind that Trump only signed his executive order to deny some federal funds to sanctuary cities on Wednesday. One day later, one of the largest sanctuary cities fell.
It’s certainly a positive sign for Trump’s plan to end the practice.
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