The current and former mayors of the city of Miami — a Republican
and a Democrat, respectively — publicly chided Miami-Dade Mayor
Carlos Gimenez for
directing county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests following President
Donald Trump’s crackdown on “sanctuary” jurisdictions
for immigrants in the country illegally.
Mayor Tomás Regalado tweeted Friday night that he’s “disappointed”
by Gimenez’s Thursday decision. Regalado also seemed to indicate
city cops have no interest in acting as immigration deputies — something
Gimenez insists the county won’t be doing either, even as it subsidizes
federal detentions. The city doesn’t manage any jails of its own.
“@MiamiPD job is to protect and serve the residents of the @CityofMiami,”
Regalado wrote. “I am disappointed with the decision of the County.”
Several Twitter users, perhaps unaware that the county and city are separate
jurisdictions, had apparently confused Regalado with Gimenez, and Regalado
responded to some of them as well.
“I am an immigrant,” Regalado wrote to one person. “The
City of Miami will not comply. However Miami Dade County is a whole different
Though both Republicans, Regalado and Gimenez have been at odds politically
for decades, most recently when Regalado’s daughter ran last year
against Gimenez. When big-city mayors urged then-President-elect Trump
to protect “DREAMers,” immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, Regalado was
quick to offer his support. Gimenez
took longer to say he backed President Barack Obama’s program to protect DREAMers from
Separately, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz wrote in a pointed
Miami Herald op-ed published Saturday that Gimenez, who is his friend, acted too hastily,
without seeking enough legal guidance about Trump’s executive order.
“While other mayors have taken an approach that protects their communities,
Mayor Gimenez has rushed into action to please the president, betraying
our community’s long history of welcoming immigrants,” wrote
Diaz, a lawyer.
He argued that Miami-Dade, which notifies the feds of all of the people
it arrests and is willing to detain them as long as Immigration and Customs
Enforcement defrays the expense, already complied with Trump’s order.
“When the president tells cities to obey him or face his wrath, it
is the mayor’s duty to at least question him,” Diaz wrote.
“Democracy is not the president saying jump, and Mayor Gimenez asking
Both Diaz and Regalado weighed in after angry protesters
demonstrated outside County Hall on Friday, and deluged Gimenez’s office with phone calls and emails
opposing his directive.
All three mayors — Diaz, Gimenez and Regalado — were born in Cuba.
Reactions from other local politicians requested by the Herald were either muted
or generally divided along party lines.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, praised Gimenez for making
“the right decision.” U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami
Republican, called unfunded mandates — like requiring municipalities
to detain inmates for longer without paying for it — “an evasion
of responsibility by the federal government” but said local governments
are now on notice and she supports withholding funds from them if they
“choose to ignore federal law.” U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo,
also a Miami Republican, warned Trump’s policy “focuses on
a symptom, not one of the root causes of our flawed immigration system,
and has the potential of undermining the work of law enforcement officials
investigating serious crimes in urban areas.”
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat; U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart,
a Miami Republican, and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Miami Gardens Democrat,
did not respond to requests for comment.
Two Republicans on the county commission, Chairman Esteban “Steve”
Bovo and Joe Martinez, sided with Gimenez. Two Democrats, Daniella Levine
Cava and Jean Monestime, questioned — but only mildly — Gimenez’s
quick decision. Other commissioners did not respond.
The biggest denunciation came from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of
Weston, whose Broward County-based district dips into northeast Miami-Dade.
“The only way to deal with a bully is to confront him,” she
said in a statement. “We need to stand with local officials who
should oppose Donald Trump’s intimidating executive order that threatens
to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities and counties. This ham-fisted
approach will only spread mass anxiety into communities throughout Florida
and the country, and split up countless families who are our friends,
coworkers and neighbors.”
Miami Herald staff writer Douglas Hanks contributed to this report.
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