The mayor of Miami-Dade county on Thursday reportedly ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests, citing President Donald Trump’s executive orders in a move that essentially ends the county’s standing as a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.
“In light of the provisions of the Executive Order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, according to a report by the Miami Herald.
The move comes a day after Trump signed an executive order that threatened to cut off federal funds from cities and counties that didn’t comply with federal laws on immigration pertaining to immigrant safe havens.
Though the county never officially declared itself as a sanctuary, it has effectively served as one since 2013, when its county commissioners voted to no longer comply with federal law-enforcement authorities’ requests to indefinitely detain jailed undocumented immigrants. Miami-Dade didn’t object to the detentions but to the cost, which the feds didn’t fully reimburse.
“Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate with the federal government,” Gimenez wrote in a letter addressed to the county’s department of corrections and rehabilitation. “I will partner with the Board of County Commissioners to address any issues necessary to achieve this end.”
In a speech at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, Trump vowed that his executive orders would save lives and “save billions and billions of dollars.”
“For too long your office’s agents haven’t been allowed to properly do their jobs,” Trump said. “You know that, right? Do you know that? Absolutely. But that’s all about to change.”
Trump added: “By working together, safe borders and economic cooperation, I truly believe we can enhance the relation between our two nations, to a degree not seen before, certainly, in a very, very long time. I think our relationship with Mexico is going to get better.”
Sergio Bustos contributed to this report.