With every day that passes, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's 2017 order to hold federal immigration detainees in his county's jails seems worse. The Trump administration offered Miami-Dade virtually no financial incentives after the mayor loudly declared his county was not a sanctuary.
Instead, as civil rights groups warned, immigrants have sued. Today U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Williams ruled that yet another lawsuit against the county can move forward: This past July, multiple immigrants filed suit against Miami-Dade after they posted bail but were detained so Immigration and Customs Enforcement could pick them up and deport them. Williams held that Miami-Dade County can be held liable for unlawfully detaining people on ICE's behalf. She said the immigrants who sued have validly argued the county violated the Fourth Amendment, which protects against illegal searches and seizures.