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'FOIA Requests Are Not a Game of Battleship' - GAP v. DHS
Posted on 15 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAP v. DHS - "FOIA requests are not a game of Battleship. The requester should not have to score a direct hit on the records sought based on the precise phrasing of his request. Rather, the agency must liberally interpret the request and frame its... Read More

Tags: FOIA , DHS

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT
Posted on 21 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with... Read More

Tags: ort , cpb , FOIA , aila , lawsuit , DHS

New DHS FOIA Documents Posted: Nov. 2, 2015
Posted on 2 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Records Related to Illegal Immigration Across the Southern Border of the U.S. Records Relating to Locations of Facilities for Unaccompanied Alien Children Read More

Tags: immigration , FOIA , DHS

TRAC Sues DHS Over FOIA Classification
Posted on 27 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" 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... Read More

DHS Proposes to Amend FOIA Regs - July 29, 2015 NPRM
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule proposes to amend the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Department (DHS) is proposing to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, and... Read More

Documents Show DHS Confirmed Real Dangers of Returning Haitians in US, Cancelled TPS Despite Conditions - NIPNLG FOIA
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, Apr. 17, 2018 - " Documents released today as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation present new evidence in the multiple lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of racial animus and violation of required procedures in its... Read More

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 13 Aug 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

DHS Expands Eligibility for Provisional Waivers | On July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a final rule expanding the class of noncitizens eligible to receive provisional unlawful... Read More

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 13 May 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

USCIS Finishes Data Entry for Cap-Subject H-1B FY17 Applications | USCIS announced on May 2 that it has finished data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions. It will begin returning those not chosen in the lottery. Some petitions are being transferred... Read More

DHS Deploys Web-Based FOIA Request System
Posted on 12 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: FOIA , DHS , web-based

$82K in Attorney's Fees Awarded to AIC in FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

DHS Struggles Under FOIA Backlog
Posted on 13 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is struggling to keep up with a record-breaking number of open-records requests under the Freedom of Information Act in 2014, a vast majority of which dealt with immigration-related records, according to... Read More

Tags: report , backlog , FOIA , DHS

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 8 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More