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Miami-Dade County Stops Funding Immigration Detention

Miami-Dade County has passed a resolution signaling that it will instruct its Correction and Rehabilitation Department to not honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers; unless, the federal government issues a refund for “all costs relating to compliance with such detainer requests.”

You can see a copy of the resolution here, which was sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime and Sally A. Heyman.

Here are some highlights from the resolution:

  • 2011
  • 3,262 detainers issued by ICE to Miami-Dade’s Correction and Rehabilitation Department in 2011
  • 57% of said detainers did not involve inmates charged with felonies
  • $1,002,700 is what Miami-Dade taxpayers paid for compliance with ICE detainers in 2011
  • 2012
  • 2,499 detainers issued to Miami-Dade’s Correction and Rehabilitation Department in 2012
  • 61% of said detainers did not involve inmates charged with felonies
  • $667,076 is what Miami-Dade taxpayers pid for compliance with ICE detainers in 2012

A news conference on the resolution is expected tomorrow (12/18/13):

When:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Press Room, Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st Street, 2nd floor

 Contact: Jonathan Fried:  jonathan@we-count.org

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