Miami-Dade Commission ends County-funded immigration detention
Miami, FL – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, WeCount! and Miami Workers Center, will host a press conference to discuss a resolution passed by the board which overturns a costly policy of holding immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) without federal reimbursement. The press conference is scheduled to take place Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 9:30 AM at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street, 2nd floor press room.
On December 3, 2013, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a Resolution, spearheaded by Commissioners Sally A. Heyman and Jean Monestime, directing the Mayor to implement a new policy on the County’s response to immigration detainers (sometimes known as “ICE holds”). ICE detainers are requests from ICE asking the County to hold people in its custody for 2-5 days beyond the time they would otherwise be released, regardless of bond eligibility.
“This resolution requires the federal government to fully compensate Miami-Dade County before any ICE detainers will be honored,” said Commissioner Sally A. Heyman. “Miami-Dade County spends millions of dollars annually on ICE custody and healthcare for these detainees. If the federal government wants it done, they should pay for it.”
Miami Workers Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 220
2nd floor Press Room (Next to Commission Chambers) Miami, FL 33128