The next meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission may have a few fireworks, as the Mayor and the Commissioners have opposing views on enforcing President Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) became one of the first elected city officials nationwide to publicly comply with President Trump’s executive order on immigration.
In order to protect millions of dollars in funding received from the Department of Homeland Security, Gimenez wrote in a memo to the interim head of the corrections and rehabilitation department “I direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the Department of Homeland Security,” as reported by the Miami Herald.
“Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate with the federal government,” Gimenez wrote.
In a statement the following day, Mayor Gimenez clarified that “The Executive Order I signed yesterday reaffirms that Miami-Dade County has never been a sanctuary community. However, it is also important for our residents to understand that the Miami-Dade Police Department is not an immigration enforcement agency. My Executive Order did nothing to change that. Our residents should never fear that Miami-Dade police officers will request anyone's immigration status. Our police officers protect and serve all our residents regardless of immigration status and our residents should feel confident that their county police department will continue to honorably serve our community.”
In response, Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava (D), publicly released a letter she sent to Mayor Gimenz stating, ”That we consider joining other jurisdictions in their pending lawsuits challenging the Executive Order pending a final determination by the courts as to its constitutionality.”
Commissioner Levine Cava has stated that she wants a commission vote on the issue.
“We are a county of immigrants, so we need to signal we are going to take care of our people," says Levine Cava to WLRN. "Not only those who could be caught up in the dragnet but also our entire community that could be at risk when people out of fear might avoid cooperating with our law enforcement.”
The next meeting of the Miami-Dade County Commission is Tuesday, February 7, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, Miami. Special presentations begin at 8:30 am, meeting at 9:30 am.