Miami Drops Their Sanctuary City Status

As we reported yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is suing the DOJ to maintain Chicago’s sanctuary city status and receive federal funding.

One city isn’t so stupid though. They’re realizing that they can try to fight Trump’s administration, but it just won’t work.

Mayor Carlose Gimenez of Miami-Dade is making the right move to abide by federal law and jail criminal illegals.

According to the Daily Wire: 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.

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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.

A lot of the locals are pissed about this.

The mayor’s decision to change back 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,” reports the Herald.

Miami is the first of the sanctuary cities to ditch their ‘sanctuary’ status.

Obviously the mayor realized hundreds of thousands of grant money was a little more important than backlash from some pro-criminal illegal immigrant activists. We’re guessing the Trump administration hopes other such cities will follow suit.

Though the notification of compliance has eased some of the tension in Miami-Dade, they are still awaiting official removal from the sanctuary city list.

“We’d like to have formal notification that we are no longer a sanctuary community,” said Gimenez’ communications director Michael Hernández. “That request is being made.”

As the Daily Wire has reported, sanctuary cities’ open defiance of federal immigration authorities’ requests to detain dangerous criminal illegal immigrants has driven up crime rates and has already cost innocent people their lives. 

Do you think the other cities will follow Chicago or Miami’s example?

How many will comply or fight?


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