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West Palm Beach, U.S. Justice Department reach settlement in immigration battle

Posted: 6:44 AM, Mar 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-28 10:44:38Z

The city of West Palm Beach reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on how city employees, including police, will handle undocumented immigrants. 

Earlier this year the DOJ threatened dozens of cities , including West Palm Beach, with subpoenas if it didn't cooperate with federal laws.

West Palm Beach recently sent a memo to its employees telling them to share that information. 

Mayor Jeri Muoio spoke about an article that cited a White House official, saying the city only settled to avoid an unfavorable court ruling.

"I'm angry right now because I thought we had a mutual agreement to settle this and that we are working in a cooperative manor and this statement absolutely negates that, so I'm not happy," Muoi said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

The mayor went on to say the memo sent to city employees was simply a reiteration of current local law.