#Alert: Miami New Times: "Miami Beach Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution, Gimenez Denies It Happened"

Miami New Times: "Miami Beach Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution, Gimenez Denies It Happened"

This morning, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine crossed Biscayne Bay and drove to WLRN public radio's studios in Doral.

He spoke to listeners about why his city [Miami Beach] had passed a resolution urging Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to reverse an earlier decision and make the county a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants.

Gimenez did not take part in the discussion. Instead, he spent the morning on Spanish-language radio, denying the Miami Beach's resolution had been approved.

Miami-Dade's embattled mayor has doubled down on his January decision to comply with President Donald Trump's hollow "ban" on "sanctuary" cities. Gimenez has responded to criticism by figuratively spraying himself deeper shades of orange.

In Trumpian fashion, he even alleged (without evidence) that a local labor organizer and one of his most prominent critics had started a rumor about immigrant checkpoints. Just before 9 this morning, Gimenez spoke live on Spanish-language station Radio Caracol 1260 AM and repeatedly denied Miami Beach had passed a resolution criticizing his decision-making.

"It was proposed, but it did not pass," Gimenez said repeatedly in Spanish after a caller asked him what he thought of Miami Beach's resolution.
But that's simply untrue: The Beach unanimously passed the resolution via voice-vote Wednesday, February 8.

Thankfully, there's video of both Gimenez's radio broadcast and Miami Beach's vote, which local labor organizer Elbert Garcia cut together to show that Gimenez was blatantly incorrect this morning:

The mayor's spokesperson, Michael A. Hernandez, did not immediately respond to an email and a text message from New Times seeking comment. It's unclear whether Gimenez was simply misinformed or straight-up lied to Radio Caracol's listeners.

"We did pass a resolution," Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez wrote on Facebook today, in response to Gimenez's radio appearance.¡Gracias al alcalde @MayorGimenez por acompaƱarnos hoy en el estudio! #MayorGimenez #MiamiDade pic.twitter.com/PR4xOtHUO9— Caracol 1260 (@Caracol1260) February 10, 2017

Miami Beach's pro-immigrant resolution mentions yet another reason Gimenez ought to reconsider the plan: The sanctuary-city ban could have a deleterious effect on tourism — first, because a significant portion of Miami's hotel and restaurant workers are undocumented. And second, it's also possible the sanctuary-city crackdown could cause would-be visitors to avoid Miami.

Regardless, Gimenez will have a difficult time avoiding Miami Beach's resolution in the next week: Beach commissioners say they plan to send a copy of the legislation to every county commissioner.

Here's Miami Beach's full resolution: 
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