Miami was the first sanctuary city to fall after President Trump’s executive order that threatened to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants for cities that choose to maintain sanctuary status. Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez, received praise from Trump on Twitter for making the decision to comply with federal detention laws.
Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
More than 200 cities in the U.S. have declared themselves as sanctuary cities, which means that in defiance of federal law, illegals are not detained for their immigration status. Mayors of many large cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Chicago have vowed to maintain sanctuary status.
The Department of Homeland Security statistics were last issued in 2012, so the number of illegals currently residing in the U.S. is unknown. In the 2012 report, DHS estimated that there were 11.4 million people here illegally. Of those, 8.5 million came from Mexico and South America.
Reuters reported that detention space is one of the major issues regarding the end of Obama’s “catch and release,” program. The Karnes and Dilley detention centers in Texas can house 3,300 people, but in the last quarter of 2016, more than 45,000 illegals were apprehended. Trump’s executive order called for allocations of “all legally available resources to immediately construct, operate, control, or establish contracts to construct, operate, or control facilities to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico.”
Considering the lightning speed of progress during the first week of Trump’s Presidency, we can expect contractors to break ground soon.