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Feb 18, 2:01 AM EST

No sanctuary for immigrants living illegally in Miami-Dade

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MIAMI (AP) -- Miami-Dade County's commissioners have voted to uphold a mayor's decree ordering local authorities to cooperate with immigration agencies after detaining migrants suspected of being in the county illegally.

The vote drew outbursts and shouts of "shame on you" from residents at the meeting.

In a 9-3 vote, the commissioners sided with the mayor in saying they feared the county could lose federal funding after President Donald Trump threatened to strip it from sanctuary cities. Most of them said the decision should not affect law-abiding immigrants.

In emotional speeches ahead of the Friday vote, dozens stood up to speak against the mayor's decision, including school-age children of deportees, young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, construction workers, lawyers and rights activists.

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