South Florida’s Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday ordered county jails to “fully cooperate” with President Donald Trump’s crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.
Prompting a showdown with immigration advocates, President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Wednesday designed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.
Miami-Dade County has long been known for giving sanctuary to illegal immigrants.
Effectively becoming the first state to abandon its “sanctuary” status, Gimenez instructed the county’s interim corrections director to comply with all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security.
“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 in a memo to Daniel Junior, the interim director of the corrections and rehabilitation department.
A spokesman for Gimenez told Fox News last Friday that the mayor’s order was a “no brainer.”
Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Sanctuary cities have implemented policies designed to limit the involvement of federal immigration enforcement actions.
Trump’s executive order on immigration will “strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants,” according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Gimenez, a Republican whose family fled to Miami to escape Fidel Castro’s Cuban Revolution told the Miami Herald that Miami-Dade County is due to receive $355 million from the federal government this fiscal year. Most of that money goes for services such as elder care, homeless programs and paying police officers.
Miami-Dade has refused to detain undocumented immigrants indefinitely since 2013 because the federal government does not reimburse the costs.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Several Democratic mayors in the nation’s largest cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, have joined forces to fight Trump’s executive order.
Speaking on CNN last on Thursday, New York City Mayor de Blasio said his city will use the courts to fight the Trump administration’s plan to slash federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.