MIAMI (CBSMiami) — CBS4 News was given an advance copy of a report detailing the impact of Miami-Dade County’s decision last year to hold in county jails, at county taxpayer expense, individuals federal immigration officials suspect of being in the country illegally.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Taps Doctor, Researcher Joseph Ladapo As New Surgeon General
The county began detaining these individuals because Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he was afraid the Trump Administration would declare Miami-Dade a “sanctuary city” and withhold federal funding.
At the time, Gimenez said the cost of holding these prisoners was nominal – about $52,000 a year. But a year after the new policy was enacted, the Community Justice Project, the Florida Immigrant Coalition and WeCount! issued a report placing the cost at more than $13 million.
The report is scheduled to be formally released next week.READ MORE: Hey, South Florida, Look Before You Sit! Beware Of Iguanas In The Toilet!
CBS4’s Jim DeFede, host of Facing South Florida, discussed this issue on the latest episode of his show.
Part one of the report can be seen above.MORE NEWS: Biden Administration Facing Questions Over Troubling New Images From Southern Border
Part two of the report can be seen below.