Justice Department lawyers say Miami-Dade had nothing to fear over losing federal transportation funds if the county didn’t back President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown earlier this year, writing in a court filing that just security and crime-fighting federal aid would be withheld from “sanctuary” communities.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez mentioned the Possibility of getting billions of dollars from the Trump government for a historic rail growth in defending his January decision to change county policy and begin accepting federal detention asks for immigration offenders at local jails. The shift came a day after Trump ordered federal agencies to withhold funds from so-called “sanctuary” communities that didn’t comply with federal rules on immigration enforcement, including accepting the detention asks that Miami-Dade had refused under the Obama administration.
In a friend-of-the-court brief Registered on Miami-Dade’s behalf in a case over one of these detention requests, Justice attorneys emphasized the county faced a narrow threat of funding loss if it had opted to stick with the previous county policy under Trump.
Trump’s Jan. 25 order “applies Only [to] an applicant or recipient of grants the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” the attorneys wrote in the federal filing at a Circuit Court Lawsuit where a Haitian immigrant challenged the constitutionality of a County prison holding him for immigration authorities. “The Lawyer General has now clarified that he d