Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, announced Thursday his city will become the first to comply with President Donald Trump’s executive order on federal immigration. The swift decision came in order for the city to keep federal funding or face losing funds as a “sanctuary city.”
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President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that threatened federal funding grants for any city refusing to cooperate with the immigration order.
The order Trump implemented also eliminated the “catch and release” policy that returns immigrants back to Mexico instead of facing an official deportation.
Trump said during his visit to DHS, “From here on out, I’m asking all of you to enforce the laws of the United States of America. They will be enforced and enforced strongly.”
Miami-Dade, since 2013, has refused to detain immigrants who are in the country illegally essentially making it a “sanctuary city.”
Gimenez spoke with “Fox & Friends” on Friday to discuss why he chose to comply with the federal request made by Trump. “When the president (Donald Trump) issued his executive order, he just put an exclamation point for me on that issue,” Gimenez said. “It really was a no-brainer. It’s a $52,000 a year issue for Miami-Dade, so we will now go back to our 2014 policy that we will honor the detention requests regardless of the fact that the government says they’ll pay for it.”
The mayor made a point to strictly point out that they won’t arrest an illegal immigrant for simply being illegal, but instead if the illegal alien commits a crime that warrant arrest, they will be detained. He said, “We’re not immigration officers, and we don’t intend to be immigration officers.”
Miami-Dade is one of hundreds of cities that refused to fully cooperate with ICE. Other so-called, “sanctuary cities” throughout the United States may not be so willing to comply with the new federal order. Multiple cities in California have announced they have no plans on complying with the new directive.