Cleveland v. DOS: FOIA Lawsuit Over Country Reports

How accurate are the State Department Country Reports? David Cleveland is suing to find out. Here's a link to the lawsuit.

Feds Settle Asylum Officer Notes FOIA Lawsuit: Martins v. USCIS

" Immigration officials will no longer fight a lawyer who claimed that quality representation hinged on accessing the notes asylum officers took on his clients. San Francisco-based immigration attorney Jeffrey Martins sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its director, Alejandro...

PERM FOIA Litigation Victory: Gluckman v. DOL

"On March 15, 2012, Plaintiff, an immigration attorney, requested documents under FOIA from the OFLC regarding OFLC’s Program Electronic Review Management System (“PERM”). ... The 272 relevant withheld documents are better characterized as compiled for audit purposes—the...

CBP on B-1 for After-Lease Service

"The purpose of this Memorandum is to ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel are aware that aliens seeking admission into the U.S. to provide services to commercial or industrial equipment, machinery or computer software, that has been leased from an enterprise located outside...

USCIS FOIA/PA Processing Guide (Internal) - Released!

Seattle attorney Jay Gairson writes: " MuckRock News has received and publicly released the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Freedom of Information Act / Privacy Act Processing Guide. This is the USCIS reference guide for processing FOIA/PA requests. It is current with the FOIA Information...

Suing CBP Over FOIA Delays

When CBP holds up your FOIA request for over a year, what do you do? Stacy Tolchin just sues 'em !

Feds: We Can't Meet Court's FOIA Demands in Detention Lawsuit

"Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been detained nationwide for months or years as their immigration statuses are reviewed. The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the government's...

Judge Scolds Feds in Immigration Detention FOIA Lawsuit

"A federal judge on Monday questioned whether the government was trying to hide or obscure something by failing to give information to a civil rights group about thousands of immigrant detainees held for long periods. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's written decision came days after government...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Labor Department to Delay Implementation of BALCA Ruling in Island Holdings | On December 20, 2013, the Labor Department announced that it would seek review of the ruling issued by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals in Matter of Island Holdings LLC , which vacated supplemental prevailing...

EAJA Fee Victory in FOIA Lawsuit

Michelle N. Mendez, Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, Immigration Legal Services writes: "Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities of Washington is pleased to announce that it received $20,000 in attorney fees, in settlement of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA...

FOIA Request Reveals DACA Checklist

Charles Kuck writes : " A client was waiting a long time for their DACA to be approved, so long in fact the it was even beyond the "normal" outrageous processing times. As most know, there is not much that can be done in such a case to "hurry up" the processing. We decided that...

AP FOIA Reveals Govt. Shutdown Delayed 37,000 Immigration Cases

"The U.S. government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards. While the U.S. immigration courts are now running as usual, immigrants who had hoped to have their cases resolved...

DHS Deploys Web-Based FOIA Request System

"Today, the DHS Privacy Office deployed a consolidated web-based form allowing FOIA requesters to submit their FOIA requests to DHS and any of its components. Detailed information explains how to submit a FOIA request and information on where to direct it, while a link off the index page enables...

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...

AI Justice Sues CBP: Release Detention Abuse Documents

"Americans for Immigrants Justice (AI Justice) filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to force CBP to disclose documents and records related to the abuse immigrant women, children and men held by CBP in detention facilities along the US border. “We...

DACA SOP (April 2013)

"The National Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Forms I-821D and I-765, prepared by the Service Center Operations Directorate. Manual is dated April 4, 2013, version 2.0 and was provided to AIC and NILC in response to a FOIA request. AILA Doc....

Gluckman v. DOL PERM FOIA Documents

Jonathan L. Moore writes: "I wanted to follow up with you on this PERM FOIA litigation (prior post here ). As a reminder, I represent the plaintiff, David Gluckman, in the case. The Department of Labor has produced responsive documents , and David and I would now like to begin to disseminate those...

ACLU Sues DHS for Records on Checkpoints, Roving Patrols

"The ACLU of Arizona and two University of Arizona law professors filed a public information lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for records relating to U.S. Border Patrol’s interior enforcement operations in southern Arizona. DHS has completely ignored two requests...

No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse

"Data obtained by the American Immigration Council shine a light on the lack of accountability and transparency which afflicts the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The data, which the Immigration Council acquired through a Freedom of Information...

E-Mail from CBP FOIA re New Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval

"From: CBP FOIA [mailto: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov ] Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:32 PM Subject: Message from CBP FOIA - CBP Announces new Website for I-94 and travel history retrieval To: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requesters From: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) FOIA Office This message...

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

USCIS SOPs from Gluckman FOIA

David E. Gluckman writes: "I filed a FOIA with USCIS for updated SOPs on various application forms. I received the response , which includes updated SOPs on I-485, I-90, and I-765 processing. Lots of interesting stuff, including several mentions of CARRP in the I-485 SOPs." - [IMPORTANT! -...

News Excerpts From the June 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

CBP Launches Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval On May 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new website that will allow nonimmigrants in the United States to obtain their I-94 arrival/departure records for any point within the past five years without filing a request...

TRAC Sues DHS Over FOIA Classification

" TRAC co-directors Susan B. Long and David Burnham have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by blocking their access to data. Long and Burnham say ICE unfairly classified...

DOS Releases Asylum Country Profiles to Settle FOIA Lawsuit

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF WASHINGTON DC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE RELEASES 15 “ASYLUM COUNTRY PROFILES” TO SETTLE A FOIA LAWSUIT On June 16, 2014 David L. Cleveland wrote: "The Department of State recently released 15 “Asylum Country Profiles” to...