In response to President Trump’s announcement that sanctuary cities will lose federal funding, one mayor has announced his city will comply with Trump’s order.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez, of Miami-Dade County, Florida, reportedly wrote a note to the interim head of corrections and said all detainer requests from ICE should be honored.
“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,” the mayor wrote.
“Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate with the federal government. I will partner with the Board of County Commissioners to address any issues necessary to achieve this end,” the note said.
The Miami Herald reported that Miami-Dade County has never officially called itself a sanctuary, but the mayor has now made it official that his local jails will be in full compliance with Trump’s executive order.
Gimenez is a Republican, and attended Trump’s inauguration, but he told the Miami Herald that he voted for Hillary Clinton. However, he said he made a financial decision – his county stands to lose about $355 million in federal funds.
Many other cities have continued to fight the order, declaring they will continue to provide sanctuary for illegal aliens and will not comply with ICE detainer requests.
When President Trump spoke at the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday, he told DHS and Border Patrol officials, “You guys are about to be very busy doing your jobs.”
President Trump has already tweeted out his praise over the mayor’s decision:
Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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