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Miami-Dade County mayor heeds Trump's call, effectively ending 'sanctuary' status

 (Chip Somodevilla / European Pressphoto Agency)
(Chip Somodevilla / European Pressphoto Agency)

At least one leader of a liberal-leaning municipality is ready to comply with President Trump’s new immigration mandates.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered county jails on Thursday to immediately comply with federal immigration detention requests. Since 2013, Miami-Dade had refused to continue to detain inmates simply because they were in the country illegally and wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The reason, argued county officials, is because the federal government does not fully reimburse the county for the expenses.

On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order that designates so-called sanctuary cities -- municipalities that defy federal immigration laws to protect individuals in the country illegally -- as “ineligible to receive federal grants” should they continue to ignore immigration laws.

“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, a Republican who voted for Hillary Clinton, said in an interview with the Miami Herald. “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.”

The announcement from Gimenez drew praise from Trump.

“Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong,” the president tweeted Thursday night.

In several sanctuary cities, from Boston to Los Angeles, local leaders have vowed to fight Trump’s executive orders.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t believe the federal government can stop funding Los Angeles, citing the 10th Amendment, which addresses the powers of state and federal governments.

In 2017, the city is set to receive about $500 million from the federal government to pay for, among other things, port security and anti-gang programs. Trump’s executive order does not specify which funds would be targeted.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities.

In addition to speeding up the deportation of convicts, the orders Trump signed this week also call for quick removal of people in the country illegally who are charged with crimes and waiting for adjudication as well as those who have not been charged but are believed to have committed “acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense."

“We are going to get them out, and we're going to get them out fast,” Trump said Wednesday while speaking before employees at the Department of Homeland Security.

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