Mar 27, 2018

West Palm Beach "may share" immigration info with federal agencies

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The "sanctuary city" West Palm Beach told city employees today that they "may share" any information with federal law enforcement, including ICE, as part of a settlement of its litigation with the Department of Justice. DOJ has told the city that they are now in compliance with federal law.

The back story: In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to 23 jurisdictions, including West Palm Beach, requesting proof that they were cooperating with federal law enforcement. Sessions threatened subpoenas, and West Palm Beach sued the DOJ in response.

Key quote: An administration official said in a statement that since DOJ sued California for its "sanctuary city" practice, "California jurisdictions are tripping over themselves to create distance from Governor [Jerry] Brown’s dangerous policies, and now West Palm Beach is instructing its employees to cooperate with ICE in order to avoid a loss in the courts."

Last year, West Palm Beach declared itself a “Welcoming City," according to the Palm Beach Post, and passed policies that discouraged employees from giving citizenship information about residents to federal law enforcement unless required to by law. The city still prohibits:

  • Requiring federal IDs instead of just a Florida driver's license or ID.
  • Taking citizenship into account when determining whether someone qualifies for city benefits or opportunities.
  • Helping in investigating immigration or citizenship status or disclosing such information.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor from delaying state's primary

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Wisconsin's Supreme Court on Monday blocked an executive order by Gov. Tony Evers (D) that attempted to delay in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Driving the news: Judges ruled 4-2 along ideological lines that Evers does not have the power as governor to unilaterally postpone the election, despite the fact that the state has a stay-at-home order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stocks jump 7% despite bleak coronavirus projections

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The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.

Why it matters: The huge market surge comes amid rare optimistic signs that the spread of the coronavirus may be slowing in parts of the country, including New York. But government officials say this will be a difficult week, while economists — including former Fed chair Janet Yellen today — warn that the pandemic could have a catastrophic impact on the global economy.