Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez missed his chance to sign on to a letter from big-city mayors to President-elect Donald Trump asking him to protect President Barack Obama's program to protect young immigrants brought into the country illegally from deportation.
But the mayor, a Republican, said in a statement Thursday he backs the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and hopes it is extended until when Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform -- essentially what the mayors asked of Trump on Wednesday.
"This morning, I was briefed on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)," Gimenez's office said in a statement. "I fully support the extension of DACA until Congress can approve and our next President can sign comprehensive immigration reform which addresses the status of our Dreamers and the millions who lack legal status throughout the country. Miami-Dade County is home to thousands of young people who through no fault of their own were brought to the United States by their parents and are currently undocumented. They deserve an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. I encourage the next Congress to prioritize common sense immigration reform."
The letter to Trump was delivered by the mayor who organized it, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Gimenez would have been the only Republican on the list.