A Miami-Dade County policy to keep immigrants facing deportation in jail on behalf of the federal government violates the Constitution, a judge ruled on Friday. The Miami Herald reports that The Miami Herald reports Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch’s ruling was a rebuke of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s decision – in the face of potential cuts in federal funding – to allow county jails to hold immigrants awaiting deportation by federal agents. The measure has sparked protests and anger by many immigration advocates in South Florida.
Hirsch wrote that the policy, adopted in response to an executive order by President Trump, violated the Tenth Amendment, which limits the reach of the federal government over states. The immediate impact of the ruling was unclear. The judge did not explicitly order Miami-Dade jailers to stop honoring requests by the federal government to hold people slated for deportation. Hirsch’s ruling could be delayed by an appeal, which the mayor’s office said would be filed immediately.