Miami-Dade Mayor Ends 'Sanctuary' Status, Orders Jails to Comply With Trump's Immigration Plan
Mayor Carlos Gimenez was a guest Friday morning on "Fox & Friends" to discuss Miami-Dade's decision to comply with federal detention requests.
"When the president (Donald Trump) issued his executive order, he just put an exclamation point for me on that issue," Gimenez said. "It really was a no-brainer. It's a $52,000 a year issue for Miami-Dade, so we will now go back to our 2014 policy that we will honor the detention requests regardless of the fact that the government says they'll pay for it."
Gimenez was clear in saying that the city does not arrest people simply for being undocumented immigrants. They are only arrested if they commit a crime.
"We're not immigration officers, and we don't intend to be immigration officers," he said.
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Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
The mayor of Miami-Dade County has ordered his local jails to comply with President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration enforcement, in order to avoid punishments for so-called "sanctuary cities."
On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order pulling all federal funding from sanctuary cities that refuse to turn undocumented criminals over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal officials.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday ordered county jails to obey federal detention requests, which effectively ends the county's role as a "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants.
“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 Daniel Junior, the interim director of the corrections and rehabilitation department.
"Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate with the federal government," Gimenez wrote. "I will partner with the Board of County Commissioners to address any issues necessary to achieve this end."