President Trump is hailing the first victory in his fight against “sanctuary cities” after Miami-Dade County’s mayor ordered his employees to begin working more closely with federal immigration authorities, reports USA Today. For years, the county has refused to hold some undocumented immigrants in its jails for federal immigration agents. After Trump signed an executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez changed his mind. Gimenez yesterday ordered his corrections director to honor all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) to hold immigration suspects in Miami-Dade County jails.
“Miami-Dade County complies with federal law and intends to fully cooperate with the federal government,” the order read. Gimenez said he wanted to ensure that the county does not lose out on $355 million in federal funding it has coming this year. Trump tweeted “Right decision. Strong!” “Sanctuary city” is a broad term that describes up to 300 communities that have policies protecting the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.