The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing a Florida county for complying with federal immigration law. The political activists hope to pressure “other cities large and small across the country” into defying President Trump.
The left determines its agenda by figuring out what conservatives want and then advocating for the opposite. Trump supporters care deeply about immigration concerns, so of course, liberals now espouse wild ideas like open borders and amnesty for all.
Miami-Dade is being sued by the ACLU because the county retracted its sanctuary city policy after the Trump administration urged local jurisdictions to respect the law. County officials rejected over 100 detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2016 because they wanted to avoid paying the $52,000 cost associated with compliance.
After Trump signed an executive order restricting funding to cities offering shelter to illegal immigrants Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said: “I want to make sure we don’t put in jeopardy the millions of funds we get from the federal government for a $52,000 issue. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be arresting more people. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be enforcing any immigration laws.”
The mayor’s promise not to increase arrests failed to appease liberals. They insisted that declaring the county anything but a “sanctuary” was unfair to illegals.
“It is not just future funds that are at risk for these sanctuary jurisdictions,” U.S. Representative John Culberson (R-Texas) said in December. “The DOJ can force them to reimburse funds received from these grant programs in the past. This means, the State of California could be forced to repay the more than $3 billion in grants received over the past 10 years.”
Mayor Gimenez’s decision to comply with federal immigration law is being used against Miami-Dade County by the ACLU. The agitators are willing to ignore blatant rule-breaking if it helps illegals. Actually obeying the law, however, is frowned upon.
“We warned the county about the dangers posed by the premature decision to cave in to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant threats,” ACLU of Florida immigrants’ rights attorney Amien Kacou said in a formal statement. “Miami-Dade County has long prided itself on being a place welcoming to immigrants, and should honor that legacy by joining other cities large and small across the country in refusing to serve as tools of overzealous immigration enforcement policy.”
The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of Garland Creedle, an American citizen born in Honduras. Creedle’s father was legally an American when he was born, and he passed his citizenship on to his son. Creedle was raised in Honduras but came to the U.S. about two years ago.
Creedle was arrested last March on a domestic violence charge. He posted bail but had to stay in jail for an extra night as authorities verified his identity. His lawyers claim that he was entitled to be released but was held on baseless assertions.
The lawsuit reads: “The County voluntarily detained Mr. Creedle at the request of federal immigration authorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The detention occurred pursuant to a directive from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez that requires the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) to deny release for 48 hours or more to any person who is the subject of a check-the-box immigration detainer request.”
Creedle was detained because ICE policies allow suspects to be held for 48 hours. Once his identity was established he was set free. He didn’t spend months languishing in prison, he spent two days in county jail. And he was only brought to authorities attention in the first place after becoming involved in a domestic violence dispute.
“Pursuant to its policy of honoring ICE detainers, Defendants held Mr. Creedle after he was no longer in lawful custody on state criminal charges,” the lawsuit says. “The Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause includes the ‘right to be free from continued detention after it was or should have been known that the detainee was entitled to release.'”
It wasn’t clear that Creedle should be released until ICE verified his identity.