One Immigrant Sanctuary Ends in Face of Trump Order

Miami-Dade's jails will hold undocumented immigrants for feds
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2017 3:37 PM CST
One Immigrant Sanctuary Ends in Face of Trump Order
Immigration advocates protest against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's decision to abandon the county' stance as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 in Miami.   (C.M. Guerrero/The Miami Herald via AP)

President Trump's threat to withhold federal money has worked on at least one "sanctuary" jurisdiction, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, the mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County ended a 2013 policy that kept local jails from holding undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities. While Trump called the move by Carlos Gimenez "strong!" and the "right decision," the more than 100 protesters who showed up Friday at County Hall disagreed. According to NBC Miami, protesters accused Gimenez, himself an immigrant, of turning his back on his community, calling his caving to Trump's executive order "disgusting." Gimenez's office received hundreds of emails and dozens of calls from people upset about his decision.

The mayor is framing his choice as a fiscal decision, Slate reports. He says money, not morals, was responsible for the passing of the policy in 2013, and it was responsible for getting rid of it Thursday. He says Miami-Dade gets "millions and millions of dollars" in federal aid. One activist protesting Friday disagreed, saying the policy "was about protecting families." More than half of Miami-Dade residents were born outside the US. But while Miami-Dade was never comfortable with the "sanctuary" label, other sanctuary jurisdictions—New York City, Chicago, and California, to name a few—are keeping policies in place despite Trump's executive order, which legal experts say may not stand up in court. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade could now face lawsuits for detaining undocumented immigrants without a warrant. (More sanctuary cities stories.)

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