For decades, the immigrant community has been one of the major driving forces of Miami-Dade County's economy and social progress.
From Latin American communities in Little Havana, Hialeah, and Westchester, the Haitian communities of Overtown and North Miami, to the European businesses of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, there is not an inch of South Florida that hasn't seen progress thanks to immigration.
Yet, the federal government has been cracking down on our diversity since the launch of 2017. From President Obama's end of the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy to President Trump's series of unconstitutional executive orders, we have witnessed hostility from Washington.
This is why we are disappointed by our own County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez, who announced yesterday he was ordering county prisons to collaborate with federal authorities and end our status as a Sanctuary County.
We condemn Mayor Gimenez's decision. No amount of federal grant dollars should be enough to betray the community that elected you twice. The Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is standing with our right to remain a Sanctuary City and we are disappointed to see our mayor flinch when the President moved.
All of our party will now be focused on overriding this new collaboration.
The Lobbying Committee has been instructed to find ways to legislatively repeal the Mayor's executive decision and we are ready to take the issue directly to the voters if no other way is found.
The Outreach Committee is reaching out, as we speak, to immigrant rights groups throughout South Florida to see how further actions can be coordinated.
Our elected officials are currently looking at finding ways to bring a sanctuary status on the local level.
We will not give up the fight until our county government shows it has the leadership to not bow down to the federal government's every desire.