Throughout the presidential campaign, candidate Trump called for an end to so-called “sanctuary cities” — cities that protect illegal aliens from deportation or prosecution for violation of federal immigration laws.
On Wednesday, President Trump took the first step in that direction, signing an executive order threatening to cut federal funding to such cities.
In addition, Trump signed an order directing HHS to publicize crimes committed by illegal aliens in sanctuary cities on a weekly basis.
“The [Homeland Security] Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.”
Less than 24 hours later, Miami-Dade County became the first metropolitan area in the country to give in to Trump’s orders.
As reported by the Miami Herald, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, fearing the loss of millions of federal dollars, announced that he was directing county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests.
“In light of the provisions of the Executive Order, I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security.”
Thursday evening, Trump declared victory:
Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
The Herald reports that while Miami-Dade County has never “officially” declared itself a sanctuary city, it was included as one in a 2016 Justice Department report.
Incidentally, in contrast to the decision by Mayor Gimenez, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that if Trump tries to withhold funds from NYC, he’ll see him in court. As reported by CNN:
“We think it’s very susceptible to legal challenge. If they make an attempt to pull that money, it will be from NYPD, from security funding to fight terrorism.
If an attempt is made to do that, we will go to court immediately for an injunction to stop it. We believe the executive order is vague and in some ways contradictory.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also rejected the withholding of federal funds, according to CNN.