Mayors That Buck the Sanctuary Cities Trend

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez may be the poster child for "caving" to President Donald Trump's immigration demands, but he is not alone.


Most mayors have stepped into the spotlight to deny immigration orders and declare themselves as either 'sanctuary cities' or align with them by saying police officers do not enforce federal immigration laws.

But Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an executive order insisting that requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold immigration suspects in local jails, becoming the first to sanctuary city to surrender to President Trump, according to the National Review.

According to an opinion piece in the Miami Times by Manny Diaz, a former Miami-Dade mayor, Gimenez -- his friend -- acted too quickly, bowing to the president when there is no legal obligation to do so and "before the ink was dry."

"Mayor Gimenez and I both came to this country as refugees, without legal status, and we became Americans. Fifty years later we became mayors. Had mayors back then acted as Mayor Gimenez has now, we may not have had that chance," wrote Diaz.

President Donald Trump praised the Cuban-born mayor on Twitter:

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