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Illegal Immigration

Major Sanctuary City Backs Down to Trump

Written by Joe Scudder

Miami used to be a sanctuary city but they dumped that status because the want federal funds.

If Donald Trump is so impotent why did a sanctuary city give up and start complying with immigration law?

Obviously, the local government of Miami-Dade County doesn’t believe it is worth the fight to belong to “the resistance.” They decided to stop resisting and start complying. Despite the media’s effort to marginalize Donald Trump and portray him as weak, a major local government shows they don’t perceive him as weak. Rather, they think he means business.

The Miami Herald reports, “Miami-Dade complied with Trump to change its ‘sanctuary’ status. It worked.

For the first time since it began extending the detentions of local inmates sought for deportation, Miami-Dade County received word from Washington that it won’t be treated as a community giving “sanctuary” to immigration violators.

An Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez from the Justice Department said “there was no evidence” Miami-Dade was out of compliance with an immigration provision of a federal police grant worth about $480,000 this year to the county.

Shortly after President Donald Trump took office promising an immigration crackdown, Gimenez reversed a 2013 county policy and ordered Miami-Dade jails to begin honoring requests by immigration officers to extend the detentions of people in local custody who are also being sought for possible deportation.

Miami-Dade is the only large jurisdiction known to have made that kind of change, which the County Commission endorsed in February. As a result, it has been assumed Miami-Dade would be shielded from any loss of federal funds the Trump administration engineered as part of a broader effort to punish communities not cooperating on immigration detentions.

Read the full Miami Herald story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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