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Mayor Gimenez: Miami-Dade 'Never' a Sanctuary City, Will Hold Prisoners

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (Photo by JCS/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 27 Jan 2017 08:46 AM

Miami-Dade County is "not a sanctuary city" and has "never been a sanctuary city," but it will return to a pre-2014 status when it comes to honoring detention requests from the federal government, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Friday, but he continues to believe his community should be reimbursed for holding prisoners for federal agents..

"We provide the federal government with information whenever we arrest somebody here who is an illegal immigrant," Gimenez told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, but when it comes to holding the prisoners for the government, "That's a federal responsibility, and they should reimburse Miami-Dade for the cost that we endure when we detain their prisoners."

The city has actually been under a "watch" since the Obama administration, said Gimenez, dating back six months ago to a report published about a resolution Miami-Dade officials passed in 2014 asking for reimbursement.

Before that, "we were always honoring detention requests from the federal government, until 2014, but the government had racked up a "half-million dollars," the mayor told Fox News.

"This thing started actually with the Obama administration and they also said that they may withhold federal funds."

Miami-Dade had been trying to work out an agreement with the Obama administration, but after Trump came into office and issued his executive order on sanctuary cities, "he just put an exclamation point for me on that issue. It really was a no-brainer," said Gimenez.

"We don't arrest people for being illegal immigrants," said the mayor. "We arrest people for doing some kind of either misdemeanor or a crime, and they go through our system, but we are not immigration officers. We don't intend to be immigration officers."

When an illegal immigrant is in the criminal system, that is also reported to the federal government, and if the government wants that person to be detained, "we will do so," said Gimenez, promising that his community will honor the laws of the United States.

On Thursday, Gimenez told the Miami Herald that last year, the county released 100 inmates who were wanted by federal officials, but it was determined that keeping them in jail would have cost around $52,000, in a county that has an annual budget of $7 billion.

However, the newspaper noted, the county is expecting to receive some $355 million in federal funding that is used to subsidize the city's police department, services for elderly residents, homeless shelters and other key expenses.

"I want to make sure we don't put in jeopardy the millions of funds we get from the federal government for a $52,000 issue," Gimenez said in the newspaper interview. "It doesn't mean that we're going to be arresting more people. It doesn't mean that we're going to be enforcing any immigration laws."

"It's a $52,000 a year issue for Miami-Dade," Gimenez reiterated on Fox News on Friday. "We'll honor the detention requests, regardless of the fact if their government says they will pay for it."

Gimenez said there are some constituents in his community that are overreacting to the announcement, but "we're basically going back to 2014."

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