URGENT LETTER FROM FAITH LEADERS TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGARDING RECENT COUNTY ACTION IN REGARDS TO IMMIGRATION

Dear Commissioners:

As a community of immigrants, whether it be our neighbors, our congregants, or our families, we know that we are strongest when we stand together and lift up the most vulnerable among us. We are disheartened by the recent decision by Mayor Carlos Gimenez to overturn the detainer policy resolution unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in 2013. As a Board, you mindfully listened to financial, practical, and moral arguments as to why Miami-Dade County should not be engaged in a policy of blanket compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers. Some of you commented on the satisfaction of being in a position to make social change, to not only save money, but to also save people. It is no more acceptable today to tear down bridges between people in the name of community security than it was in 2013.

We call on you, our commissioners, to safeguard our families and our neighbors, to stand firm in your 2013 decision to protect Miami-Dade residents from the detrimental effects of ICE detainers. Many of the individuals affected by the mayor's change in policy fled violence and abject poverty. For them, the mayor's decision could be the difference between life and death. For others, the decision could result in families being torn apart, in children growing up with only one parent or perhaps neither. You, as our commissioners, have the opportunity to protect these residents of Miami-Dade County. We ask that you continue to exercise respect for human and civil rights by safeguarding the integrity of our diverse community and upholding your 2013 decision.

We embrace the faith principle of welcoming the stranger, and we call on you, our county commissioners, to advance policies that are inclusive and welcoming and that strengthen local protections for affected members of our community. 

Respectfully,


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