The Trump administration's announcement that it would withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities” recognized under the Obama administration ignited the fuse on what would become a wave of protests over the hot-button issue.

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One mayor of a metropolitan area, Miami and Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, stated his intention early that his city would come into full compliance with the Trump administration's policies.

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The South Florida city, largely populated by Cuban immigrants, exploded with outrage over Gimenez's decision.

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The urban immigrant community and its supporters also showed its rejection of subsequent Trump administration policies, such as the temporary ban on immigrants from Muslim majority nations.

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As reported by the Miami Herald, the Gimenez policy reversed a 2013 county policy and directed 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.”

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On August 5, Miami-Dade County's Board of County Commissioners received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice stating that it was in compliance. It thus became eligible for over $480,000 in federal grants.

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Miami now becomes the first known major metropolitan area to reverse its sanctuary city status under the Trump administration.

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