Tentative deal reached on Border Patrol lawsuit

SEATTLE — The federal government and immigrant advocates have reached a tentative settlement on a lawsuit alleging that U.S. Border Patrol agents pulled over residents of the Olympic Peninsula because of what they looked like.

The Seattle Times reported that the details of the settlement are not yet available. The Department of Justice has yet to give final approval. But a status report filed in U.S. District Court Friday says a decision is expected by August 21.

In April, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed the lawsuit on behalf of three peninsula residents and U.S. citizens who have been stopped by Border Patrol agents.

The lawsuit said traffic stops by Border Patrol agents violate the Fourth Amendment and exceed the agency’s legal powers.

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