Sanctuary cities are starting to cave to Trump’s demands with Florida’s Miami-Dade county being the first. The Miami Herald has just reported that the Miami-Dade County commissioners will be supporting the decision of Mayor Carlos Gimenez to work with federal authorities in detaining criminal aliens.
The vote was 9-3 and it came after hours of testimony from residents of the predominantly immigrant based community. Miami-Dade county has a large Cuban population with almost 200 people gave testimony that supported the mayor and the White House.
The Mayor Gimenez is a Republican and said they were simply returning to the old policy of honoring detention requests. They do not want the extra jail time for illegals since Trump will cut off federal funding if they don’t comply.
Despite saying they were never a sanctuary city, they have been for years. For the past three years in South Florida county, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency refused to detain the aliens due to the cost. With a $355 million budget on the line, he did not want to take the chance of that money being taken away. So he ordered his jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests.
Weeks upon weeks of protests took place as a result. People in the crowd yelled shame on you. One protestor Rafael Velasquez from Miami Beach said,
“We’re all immigrants. We’re all in this together. Never forget your roots. Never forget where you came from. Because this is what holds us together as one nation.”
Finally, people are complying with the President’s policies. If more people followed this Mayor’s example there would be far fewer problems.
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