Miami Rescinds Sanctuary Status; Thugs Rounded Up, Detained

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Miami-Dade County became the first major jurisdiction to reverse its sanctuary city immigration policy this year, and now Mayor Carlos Gimenez says, “I think that what we are doing here in Miami-Dade County is the right thing to do—upholding the law—but also protecting our citizens.”

Miami Rescinds Sanctuary Status; Thugs Rounded Up, Detained

Dana Perino & Carlos Gimenez/IMAGE: FoxNews

On Fox News’ “The Story with Martha McCallum,” Gimenez told guest host Dana Perino about his county’s improvement after agreeing to President Donald Trump’s request to end sanctuary cities. A letter from the Justice Department said there is no evidence Miami-Dade is out of compliance with federal law, so the county received $480,000 in federal funds, according to the Miami Herald.

“I don’t think there are too many people in America that would want some of these individuals that we have picked up, with the charges that they’ve been picked up on, to be part of our society,” Gimenez told Perino. “For that, we will now be eligible again to receive the federal funds that we’ve had in the past.”

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Gimenez said the grant money has allowed Miami-Dade to become the largest jurisdiction in which all officers wear body cameras.

“It’s very important that we receive these funds in order to enhance the safety of our citizens here in Miami-Dade,” he said.

Gimenez said this has not substantially changed how the county’s police operates:

“We really only had about 500 detainer requests from ICE since we changed the policy back in late January. Seventy-five percent of those folks that have a detainer request are multiple offenders, repeat offenders, and ICE has really only picked up less than 200 of them, so we’re really not talking about a large number.”

“ICE already had them on their radar before we arrested them, and so we arrest them, we process them like any other person here in Miami-Dade County gets processed and then ICE tells us that they have interest and then they come and pick them up within 48 hours.”

Perino asked if any other mayors had talked with him about his county’s experience.

“No, not really. I think I’m one of the few big city mayors. I’m also a non-partisan post. Maybe a lot of the party politics is playing into this and so they haven’t reached out to me.”

Mayor Carlos Gimenez discusses Miami-Dade’s immigration policies with Dana Perino:

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  • Naval Lint

    Thank you, Miami-Dade, for understanding the needs of your communities. Would that more elected officials were as honorable and forthright as you have shown yourselves to be.

    • Matthew Bowman

      You shouldn’t have to thank them for upholding the law. It is their duty. In stead all government officials that refuse to uphold the law should be removed from office and prosecuted for their crimes. Including Barry!!

  • sophie bonner

    Money or the threat of with holding it, makes a difference. Good job rescinding your previous decision to be a Sanctuary City.

  • richjack4

    Funny how reviewing a ridiculously worded legal challenge to the DOJs edict by a functional Chicago can influence the leaders of other cities to actually see the ridiculousness of their position. Ill begotten principals are not worth the cash surrendered!

  • Mikial

    If they’ve committed a crime in the USA, punish them. If they are just illegals that we can’t charge for a major crime, deport them and put them on notice that they are now under a shoot-to-kill order for all U.S. LEOs. We need to stop playing around with these idiots. We have enough problems with criminals who are actual American citizens.

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  • Ed

    The sheer, utter stupidity of Democrats with their sanctuary cities. No other country does this. You are in another country illegally, much less than committing a crime, and you go to jail for punishment and/or are deported. This country is full of idiot, compassionate/doing the right thing/feel good idiots that care nothing for our laws but think they are helping those trying to better themselves. They encompass all, and that includes criminals being protected. Why? American criminals don’t get this kind of protection do they? There are no “sanctuary cities” for them and law enforcement in all 50 states, and sometimes the District of Columbia, hunts them down (except for politicians and Hillary). Sanctuary cities protect people that broke our laws by entering illegally in addition to those illegals that commit other crimes here including rape,murder, robbery, gang warfare etc. Again, WHY? It is only Democrats that do this. Why are they constantly undermining our laws? We are a Republic, a nation of laws, not a Democracy where a vote is taken before any action and majority rules. In case, dear reader, you don’t know the difference between a republic and a democracy, in the old days a horse thief is caught. The Democrat posse votes to hang him from the nearest tree and does so. A Republican posse captures the thief and turns him over to the sheriff so he can be prosecuted under the law. Democrats only obey the law when it is to their advantage. Ask yourself WHY hasn’t Hillary been prosecuted, or Lois Learner, or Susan Rice, or Loretta Lynch, and others? Yep, Democrats created sanctuary cities, against law because the law doesn’t agree with their compassion and feelings. Aren’t Democrats wonderful?

    • 7LibertyForAll

      Well said.

  • CCblogging

    Round the illegals up and ship them out except for the violently criminal illegals. Prosecute those illegals and give them a lot of prison time. When their sentence is served, then ship them out too.

  • Gregg Parker

    Go-o to Jail-o amigo! No more-o hiding-o from the law-o…

  • 7LibertyForAll

    ANY illegals are criminals and therefore need to be rounded up and deported. Period. We don’t need more lawbreakers in this country who aren’t even citizens here. Get rid of these losers.

    • Bill Harrison

      No need to deport unless we stop the revolving door called the Southern border.

      • 7LibertyForAll

        And there is that……

  • aliceeregan

    God bless Miami, Dade. Our citizens need protection before anyone else. Yes, all humans need safety. We can do a fine job w/o illegals HELPING us w info about criminals. It helps them to get criminals out of their neighborhoods. Even if OUR teens cause problems. Citizens have problems w our kids. Have to TURN in!
    Help can only come in the process of TRUTH.
    God bless us all.

    • rrrickkk

      Yes if we started putting parents in jail for the crimes their kids commit, only then would crime drop. After all they are their legal guardians. The parents should be the first to turn their kids in so that they, themselves, won’t serve the time. Plus they would probably know more than law enforcement. If they have kids they should know how to raise them and be responsible for them. What do you all think of that?

  • John

    Amazing how federalism works, almost as if the founders planned it that way, after all it is in the Constitution.

    The other spineless politicians that care more for illegals than their own citizens will realize soon enough, POTUS TRUMP won’t blink.

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    The dollar speaks. Jimines says a lot but it all boils down to the dollar.

  • Donald Lindsey

    Those that protect the illegals and radical muslims are murdering the citizens of their city that pays their salary, they should be arrested and tried for murder of each citizen that been attack, raped and murder by any illegal and radical muslim.

  • Greg

    sorry.. but DANA is hot.. would love to spend time with that.. sorry

  • shank_black

    States like Oregon, Washington, and California need to be prosecuted and deprived of Federal funds. Those states are all Democratic states and serious violators of federal law..

    Congratulations to Miami-Dade for doing what is right and legal.