MIAMI — President Trump is hailing the first victory in his fight against “sanctuary cities” after a South Florida mayor ordered his employees on Thursday to begin working more closely with federal immigration authorities.
For years, Miami-Dade County has refused to hold some undocumented immigrants in its jails for federal immigration agents. But after Trump signed an executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez changed his mind.
Gimenez signed an executive order Thursday ordering the director of his corrections department to begin honoring all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold immigration suspects in Miami-Dade County jails.
“Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate with the federal government,” the order read.
Gimenez said he made the decision to ensure that the county does not lose out on $355 million in federal funding it has coming in 2017.
Trump was quick to praise the decision, tweeting on Thursday: “Right decision. Strong!”