Court documents confirm that the federal government’s Justice Department and the city of West Palm Beach have reached “a settlement in principle” in their legal battle over immigration. The details of the settlement have not been made available except to note that both parties have until Friday to finalize the agreement.
West Palm Beach officials filed suit against the federal government after the Justice Department targeted them in January by withholding funding. The feds say West Palm Beach was acting as a “sanctuary city” and that its policies protect illegal immigrants.
WPB, which calls itself a “welcoming city,” followed by filing a lawsuit in federal court petitioning a federal judge to declare the city’s policies as legal. They claim the Justice Department demonstrated “recurring harassment of the city and its officials based upon wrongly perceived non-compliance.”
The Justice Department claims they were simply trying to substantiate the city’s – along with 23 other jurisdictions’ – compliance with federal immigration standards.