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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sanctuary shutdown.

After hours of debate, the Miami-Dade Commission voted 9-3 in support of Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s policy to honor any detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jean Monestime, Daniella Levine cava, Xavier Suarez were the three commissioners to vote against it.

A crowd, overwhelmingly in opposition to Gimenez’s policy, began chanting “shame on you, shame on you” after the commission vote.

More than 250 people signed up to speak before the commission.

Of all the speakers, on either side, a group of kids drew the most attention.

“Do you have an idea of what to do with me? I’m an American citizen and I’m an orphan, my father was deported.”

“Hi, my name is Shirley. I’m 7 years old and I need someone to make my breakfast in the morning before going to school, someone to help me make my homework, someone to make my dinner, someone to give me a kiss before bed. But who here will do it. I need my parents, and my father was deported to Honduras.”

Gimenez, who claims that the county had no choice because it would risk millions in federal funding, said any shame should come from people spreading lies about what this change of policy means.

“Created fear in the minds of our residents of our documents and, unfortunately, even children. And I think that’s outrageous,” he said.

In a news conference after the vote, he stressed that the county is not going in business with the feds.

“There are people trying to put fear in the lives of our residents here in Miami-Dade County that Miami-Dade police will somehow become immigration officers. I was very clear that we will not we have never been,” he said.

But protesters took their voices out onto the street, making it clear that they’re not buying it. They also warned that this fight is not over.

“We’re so inspired, we’re so unified now that we are ready to see what’s coming ahead and this is just one battle out of the whole war that’s ahead of us,” said Juan Carlos Carabantes.

It’s been three weeks since Gimenez made a change to county policy, which sparked a public outcry from the community.

“I think we are praying on people that are helpless and the way we are going about this is just really wrong and I’m embarrassed,” said Nicole Wagner.

Thursday evening dozens gathered in front of Homestead City Hall to protest Trump’s immigration policies.

“This march is to protest against what’s going on with immigrants. To protest against what President Trump is doing with our people – deporting them, some of them without a cause,” protester Guadalupe Arciniega said.

Similar scenes took place around the nation in placed like Chicago, D.C. and North Carolina.

Ana Saucedo held a sign that read “Immigrants Make America Great” – a play on the president’s campaign slogan.

“I just want to show that without us, there’s a major change in our world because immigrants are what make America,” she said. “So without us, there is no America.”

Comments (17)
  1. John Berry says:

    Again the illegal aliens try to conflate themselves with actual ‘immigrants’. It’s just not so.
    Anyone who comes to this nation from another is expected to obey the laws from start to finish. Not just the laws they like, but ALL of the laws.
    If the first thing they do on entering the US is to break the immigration laws because they disagree with them, what other laws might they decide shouldn’t apply to them? According to US statutes, anyone who breaks any law is eligible to be deported. There was a time when a foreigner here on a visa or permit could be deported for spitting on the sidewalk. At that same time, a citizen could be ticketed for the same offense but that did not make it wrong to deport the foreigner.
    Coming to the USA is a privilege, not a right. They wanted to come here and the burden is on them to prove they deserve that privilege. If they show that they cannot or will not obey the laws of the nation as they are written in any country, they can be sent back to where they came from. Municipalities that try to protect lawbreaking foreigners are themselves violating the law and should be punished. The judge and council did the right thing, no matter what scofflaw foreigners feel about it.