Trump administration will no longer treat Miami as 'sanctuary city'

Trump administration will no longer treat Miami as 'sanctuary city'

The Department of Justice informed Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Friday that the city is in full compliance with federal immigration requirements and will receive grants dependent on said compliance.

In a letter to Gimenez, Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson said the county is eligible for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) grants.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsFBI opens tip line requesting information on Charlottesville rally Sessions rails against Chicago during visit to Miami DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm MORE last month said the federal government would withhold those grants, which channel federal criminal justice aid, from so-called sanctuary cities that refuse full compliance with the federal goverment on immigration enforcement.

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In a memo to the Miami Board of County Commissioners, Gimenez said Miami-Dade will receive a $481,347 JAG grant thanks to its compliance with the federal requirement.

In February, Miami-Dade became the first — and so far, only — major city to reverse its sanctuary policies.

Gimenez was sharply criticized by immigration advocates for the move, a reversal of a sanctuary policy in place since 2013.

While the change in policy was presumably done to shield the county from any retaliation from the Trump administration, no city has so far lost funding for its sanctuary policies, despite Sessions's warning.

Chicago on Monday sued the Trump administration over its threat to withhold JAG grants, saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers violate the constitution and drive a wedge between local law enforcement and the communities they protect.