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Miami sides with Trump, agrees to drop ‘sanctuary city’ status

The city of Chicago has become the first to announce it would legally challenge the Justice Department

(National SentinelImmigration: At least when it comes to immigration policy, President Donald J. Trump has helped make the city of Miami great again.

Officials there have decided to comply with the Department of Homeland Security’s reporting requirements regarding incarceration of illegal aliens. The city was rewarded recently by notification from the Trump administration that Miami was no longer considered a “sanctuary city” and thus would not be subject to loss of federal law enforcement funding.

As the Miami Herald reported:

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.

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions advanced his previous threat to cut off law enforcement grants to cities that were not in compliance with notification requirements regarding the detainment of people in the country illegally.

The city of Chicago has become the first to announce it would legally challenge the Justice Department over its potential loss of some $3 million in funding that the city was going to use to purchase new police vehicles. Apparently Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his legal team believe their city should be exempt from following federal law and grant requirements regarding the reporting of illegal aliens in their midst.

Either way, Trump and the Justice Department have the rule of law on their side and at least one major metropolis understands that. It will be interesting to see how many more follow Miami’s lead, though the most likely outcome is that other cities will wait to see how Chicago’s lawsuit fares in court.

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