Surprise, surprise! Something that you might never have thought would happen has happened in Miami on Thursday.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that county jails must “comply with federal immigration detention requests.” This move effectively ends Miami’s status as a sanctuary city.
According to the Miami Herald:
Gimenez cited an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump that threatened to cut federal grants for any counties or cities that don’t cooperate fully with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since 2013, Miami-Dade has refused to indefinitely detain inmates who are in the country illegally and wanted by ICE — not based on principle, but because the federal government doesn’t fully reimburse the county for the expense.
Okay, so the move by Gimenez centers around money instead of principle, but it still got the job done of ending sanctuary for illegals who commit crimes and aren’t reported to ICE.
However, Gimenez did note that despite this move it does not mean that Miami itself will enforce immigration laws. The mayor also talked about his fear of losing millions in subsidies that the federal government gives the city, despite Miami refusing to hold inmates wanted by federal authorities last year.
“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,” Gimenez 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.”
Sanctuary cities only hurt our constitutional republic. Any way we can shut down those policies is for the good of the nation.
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