President Donald Trump promised to end the practice of cities protecting illegal aliens, and the effects of the policy are already starting to be seen.
Naturally, such a reversal from the previous administration’s open borders policies came with a lot of push back, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promising to sue the Trump administration for its plan to withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities. However, not every city is willing to give up their much-needed federal cash to protect people who aren’t even supposed to be here.
Miami is one of them.
Shortly after President Trump’s announcement that sanctuary cities would be punished, the Mayor of Miami reversed a 2013 policy that gave illegal aliens protected status, the Miami Herald reported. In fact, Mayor Carlos Gimenez received a letter from the Justice Department on Aug. 4 explaining his city is now in compliance and eligible for nearly a half of a million dollars in federal grant money.
And critics of Trump’s plan said it wouldn’t work?
From the Herald:
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.
While it’s sad such a move is even news, at least we know that President Trump’s policies are starting to work.
However, Miami is now in compliance with federal laws, but many of its residents aren’t too happy about it. Photos from over the weekend show protesters scattered throughout the city showing their discontent that it now complies with federal laws.
Some of the people in the street actually tried to conflate the Mayor’s actions with President Trump’s travel ban, demonstrating why it’s so difficult to have an honest discussion about such important policies.
Regardless, the move makes Miami the first major metropolitan area to cease and desist its sanctuary policies under pressure from the President, and that’s something we can all celebrate.