Miami Renounces ‘Sanctuary’ Status

Mayor orders Miami-Dade jails to begin honoring federal requests to detain criminal illegal immigrants for possible deportation.

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to reverse many of the immigration policies of Barack Obama, including his handling of sanctuary cities. Trump’s hardline on sanctuary cities, the hundreds of cities which endanger citizens by refusing to comply to federal immigration authorities when it comes to criminal illegal immigrants, is beginning to have an effect. Faced with losing nearly half a million dollars in federal funding over its sanctuary status, Miami-Dade County is now complying with immigration authorities — and the move is paying off.

In response to the Trump administration’s threat in April to pull a $480,000 federal police grant for non-compliance, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlose Gimenez ordered the county’s jails to begin to obey federal requests to extend the detentions of criminal illegal immigrants who are also being sought for potential deportation. On Aug. 4, the county was notified by the Department of Justice that it was no longer in danger of having the funds withheld.

Miami Herald reports:

An Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez from the Justice Department said “there was no evidence” Miami-Dade was out of compliance with an immigration provision of a federal police grant worth about $480,000 this year to the county.

Shortly after President Donald Trump took office promising an immigration crackdown, Gimenez reversed a 2013 county policy and ordered Miami-Dade jails to begin honoring requests by immigration officers to extend the detentions of people in local custody who are also being sought for possible deportation.

The Herald notes that Gimenez’ decision to reverse the 2013 policy of refusing to comply with detention requests “sparked outrage from local immigration advocates, who accused the Cuban-born mayor of betraying Miami-Dade’s heritage of welcoming immigrants and advocating for the embrace of new arrivals to the country.”

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  • ch

    I saw this mayor being interviewed on Fox last night. He was very good. He understands the needs of the legal citizens that he is responsible for. He knows that sanctuary cities are not good for his constituents. Crime has gone down and people are safer because of it. He should be a spokesperson to the idiots in LA and Chicago and NY

    • Ann

      I saw him too, I agree with you he was very articulate and explained it very well.

  • Richard Waugh

    Take away the bucks, and they will fall into line.

    • nb

      Ain’t that the truth, Richard…
      Money talks….BS walks!!

    • Fred

      An arrest warrant for the City Officials would work even better. For Obstruction of Justice.

  • Pamela H

    Kudos to the Cuban-born mayor of Miami-Dade!!!

    • DPMP

      Who cares if he was born in Cuba or not, he is a US citizen and a good man.

  • Albert L Biele

    Congratulations for understanding the need to protect our laws, and our citizens. America is a country of laws: laws that are voted in by Congress for the benefit and well-being of American citizens, and until those laws are legislatively changed; they must be adhered to by all Federal, State and City municipalities. Your position is appreciated,

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  • Ken Schneider

    This should have been done 40 years ago. Better late than ever

  • Margie Nicely

    Now that is a smart Mayor! Hit them in the pocket book, and they will fall into line with what is common sense thinking! Only a fool would think of letting funds go to waste to protect an illegal! Go Trump!

  • Estell Newton

    Good for Miami. It’s about time someone in state government got some brains.

  • Cynthia Mullon

    Bettter thought. Send them all to NYC or California

  • ChuckS123

    An article said that after Phoenix ended its sanctuary city status, crime quickly dropped by about 25%