In response to the negative vote during today’s County Commission special meeting to re-examine the county’s ICE detainer policy, Maria Rodriguez, executive director at the Florida Immigrant Coalition stated:
“Today, hundreds of people from diverse sectors filled the board of County Commission chambers beyond capacity to express deep concerns and disapproval of the Mayor’s proposal to cooperate with ICE detainers.
Disregarding numerous constitutional questions and moral dilemma, testimony, prayer and song, with a majority vote of 9-to-3, Commissioners opted to betray immigrant families in exchange for the spectre of future discretionary funding. Fearful of the designation of “Sanctuary,” local leadership buckled under vague threats of federal funding withheld and threw our families under the bus.
To be clear, immigrants who are arrested, regardless of their innocence or what they are accused of, will be turned over to ICE if there is a detainer.
Lawsuit will follow and we will hold the Commissioners and Mayor accountable to their commitment to prevent police collaboration with federal enforcement agents. Additionally, we will fight to win civil citations instead of arrests for misdemeanors, including driving without a license.”