Trump Administration Misspells Miami-Dade Mayor's Name in Immigration Letter

Apr 21, 2017

Earlier this year, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez  – spelled G-I-M-E-N-E-Z  – made the politically unpopular decision to play immigration ball with President Trump.

In January, Trump threatened to withhold federal funding for local governments that don’t help federal agents detain undocumented immigrants for deportation. The feds considered Miami-Dade one of those "sanctuary cities." So to avoid losing $300 million in federal grants, Gimenez decided to comply with Trump’s order – and that sparked a number of large and angry public protests in a county where half the population is foreign-born.

So after Gimenez stuck his political neck out for the Trump Administration, you'd think it would at least spell the Mayor’s name right.

Instead, in a letter today directing him to file documentation confirming Miami-Dade’s compliance with the detainer requests, the Justice Department spelled it “Giminez.”

Gimenez spokesman Michael Hernandez confirmed to WLRN that Gimenez – repeat, Gimenez – will in fact file the compliance papers by the June 30 deadline.

“We do intend to comply,” said Hernandez, adding dryly, “with the mayor’s name spelled correctly.”

Header of the letter sent by the DOJ to Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez

The same Justice letter went out to the mayors and corrections supervisors of eight other local governments. WLRN has confirmed their names were spelled correctly.

Read all letters sent by the DOJ requiring proof of compliance. The letter to mayor Gimenez is the 6th: