It Begins: Miami Ends Sanctuary City Status because of President Trump

Money does make the world go round especially when a municipality relies on federal dollars. Today the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez responded to President Trump’s executive order withholding federal aid from sanctuary cities by ordering the county’s jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests.

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“In light of the provisions of the Executive Order [Wednesday], I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the county’s corrections department, in a letter reported by the Miami Herald.

Unlike cities like San Francisco, Miami-Dade never declared itself a “sanctuary” and has resisted the label ever since the Justice Department listed the county as one in a May 2016 report. Foreseeing Trump’s crackdown on “sanctuary” jurisdictions, the county asked the feds to review its status last year. A decision is still pending.

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In an interview with the Miami Herald, Gimenez, a Republican who attended Trump’s inauguration last week but said he voted for Hillary Clinton, said he made a financial decision. Last year, the county declined to hold some 100 inmates wanted by the feds. Keeping them in local jails would have cost about $52,000 — a relative drop in the bucket for a county with a total annual budget of $7 billion.

Almost immediately President Trump congratulated the Mayor for his wise decision…

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