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FOIA Suits Seeking DHS Access to Counsel Records

American Immigration Council v. DHS and USCIS , No. 1:11-cv-01971 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 8, 2011) and American Immigration Council v. DHS and CBP , No. 1:11-cv-01972 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 8, 2011) "The LAC filed two lawsuits against DHS to compel the release of records relating to noncitizens’...

New FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS & ICE (access to counsel)

"ICE’s policies and guidance on access to counsel are difficult to ascertain. As a result, they are a source of great confusion for immigration lawyers, their clients, and the general public. To clarify these policies, the American Immigration Council submitted a Freedom of Information Act...

FOIA Victory in D.C. - American Immigration Council v. ICE

"Plaintiff American Immigration Council brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act seeking records on immigrants' access to legal counsel during their interactions with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. Defendant ICE (a component of the Department of Homeland...

DHS Still Stalling on Access to Counsel FOIA Response: AIC v. DHS

"This dispute started with a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Immigration Council, an immigration law and policy group, seeking information about individuals’ access to counsel during their interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. After the government repeatedly...

CBP Restrictions on Access to Counsel: American Immigration Council

"Over the last several years, AILA members have consistently reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers routinely stymie their efforts to provide legal representation to clients during CBP encounters, often without a clear explanation of the policies underlying the decision...

$82K in Attorney's Fees Awarded to AIC in FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS

"A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday awarded the American Immigration Council about $80,000 in attorneys’ fees after it prevailed in its bid to get the Department of Homeland Security to turn over information about noncitizens' access to counsel during their interactions with federal immigration...