Category: ICE Detainers

Miami-Dade County Issues Immigration Detainer Resolution

On December 3, 2014, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners issued a resolution that gave the County the power to refuse  ICE detainer requests unless the federal government reimburses the county . The resolution cited several issues. First, the commissioners cited the fact that the detainers cost the county more than a half a million dollars in costs without being reimbursed by the federal government. Second, the commissioners cited the fact that more than 400,000 people were deported last year, the majority of whom are parents of United States citizens. Lastly, the commissioners cited the fact that these detainers are mere requests by ICE, which could be declined by the county as a reason to pass the resolution. The resolution calls for the denial of these requests unless the federal government reimburses the county for its costs. 
I agree with the resolution since these detainers, in my opinion, are unconstitutional since they federalize local agents to execute a federal function. All of these problems have led State Attorneys around the nation to deny these requests. We will see what will happen to these requests, especially since they overburden state entities and lead to recuperated expenses.