Miami-Dade uncertain after Trump goes after sanctuary cities

Miami Orange
Posted at 4:59 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 04:59:00-05

MIAMI (AP) - Miami-Dade County officials say the area shouldn't be considered a "sanctuary city" because it cooperates with federal law enforcement when detaining immigrants.

Officials say they don't know yet whether it will be deprived of federal funds under a new order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump that seeks to crack down on illegal immigration. Last year, a Department of Justice report listed Miami-Dade as one of the communities that refused to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Michael Hernandez, a spokesman of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, says local police help immigration officers when the federal government agrees to pay for detention costs. Local police only cooperate in cases of immigrants who had previous convictions or faced charges for violent crimes.