Miami-Dade cleared by feds after adjustments on 'sanctuary' status
It was only last month that the U.S. Justice Department put 10 jurisdictions on alert that they were under review as to whether they were cooperating with federal efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. They could lose millions in federal grant money if they were found to uncooperative.
Miami-Dade County was the only Florida jurisdiction on the list.
But as the Miami Herald's Douglas Hanks reports, the county is in the clear. According to an Aug. 4 letter to Mayor Carlos Gimenez from the Justice Department, "there was no evidence" Miami-Dade was out of compliance with an immigration provision of a federal police grant worth $480,000. What helped was that after Donald Trump was elected president, Gimenez reversed a 2013 county policy and ordered Miami-Dade jails to begin honoring requests by immigration officers to extend detentions of those who were being sought for detention.
Miami-Dade is the only large jurisdiction known to have made that kind of change, Hanks reports.