Palm Beach County, along with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, have come on board with new conditions on grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The county promises it will cooperate with federal immigration agents as part of President Trump’s crack-down on sanctuary counties.
Under the new agreement, law enforcement agencies that register a “certification of illegal immigration cooperation” will receive additional points used to decide how much federal assistance they receive, according to a Justice Department official.
The document requires that immigration agents are given access to jails and are provided up to 48-hours notice before the release of an inmate who is suspected of being in the country illegally.
Mike Hernández, spokesman for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, said officials there will sign the certification by the federal government’s 5 p.m. Friday deadline.
Trump tweeted accolades to Gimenez last month for ordering Miami-Dade jails honor all federal detention requests to hold inmates wanted in relation to possible deportation.
Bradshaw does not see the certification as a changing force. He says his agency has always worked with immigration agents, and the jails under his control follow all federal laws. He added that the agreement would not have county deputies performing immigration roundups and that the federal government will continue to enforce immigration laws.
The agreement was unanimously approved by the Palm Beach County Commission Tuesday; it will also be signed by the county administrator.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said his agency is still reviewing the agreement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in July, that new requirements would be placed on federal dollars given to law enforcement agencies as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to curb sanctuary counties.
Following the signing deadline, agencies that do not fully cooperate with immigration agents would be denied federal grants, according to Sessions.