Immigration Law

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EOIR Updates FOIA Request Process
Posted on 27 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Sept. 26, 2022 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that, to more quickly and effectively respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests, requestors are strongly encouraged to submit... Read More

Tags: FOIA , eoir

IRAP Shares an Extensive Collection of Refugee Processing Documents Obtained Through FOIA
Posted on 24 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

IRAP, Aug. 2022 "Through the Freedom of Information Act, IRAP has obtained an extensive collection of documents related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program . Together, these documents shine a light on the generally opaque U.S. refugee processing... Read More

Lawsuit to Discover if Trump Lied to SCOTUS about the Muslim Ban
Posted on 25 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David J. Bier, July 14, 2022 "A new lawsuit by the Cato Institute could answer the question of whether the Supreme Court was wrong to accept assertions from former President Trump that his 2017 travel ban was based on security concerns, not animus... Read More

CA9 on FOIA: Transgender Law Center v. ICE
Posted on 12 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Transgender Law Center v. ICE "At the heart of this case is an effort by advocates to learn about the circumstances of an asylum-seeker’s tragic death in federal custody. The Freedom of Information Act exists for just such a purpose—to... Read More

Tags: FOIA , ICE

IRAP, AIC FOIA Records Related to Humanitarian Parole Data and Refugee Processing for Afghan Nationals
Posted on 16 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

IRAP, AIC, Mar. 15, 2022 " This Freedom of Information Ac t (FOIA) request seeks to uncover information about how the humanitarian parole process and refugee program is working with respect to Afghan nationals." Read More

ILD, NILC and AIC FOIA ACIJ Materials
Posted on 16 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILD, NILC, AIC, Mar. 14, 2022 "Understanding the Role of Approximately 40 Assistant Chief Immigration Judges (ACIJs) Who Oversee All Immigration Courts. This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request seeks to uncover information about the hiring... Read More

Historic FOIA Settlement Levels the Legal Playing Field for Immigrant Advocates: NYLAG v. BIA
Posted on 10 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYLAG, Feb. 10, 2022 " A federal district court in New York on Wednesday evening ordered the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to establish an online library of its unpublished opinions – the result of a settlement between the New York Legal... Read More

FOIA Victory: Brennan Center v. ICE
Posted on 30 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brennan Center v. ICE "Now before the Court are the parties' cross motions for summary judgment. See ECF Nos. 15, 18. Two issues remain in dispute: (1) whether the search ICE conducted was adequate, and (2) whether ICE properly withheld several... Read More

Tags: FOIA , ICE

Parties "Optimistic" of Settlement in NYLAG v. BIA (Unpub. FOIA)
Posted on 20 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ letter, Oct. 15, 2021 "Plaintiff seeks the publication of unpublished decisions issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) — both historical opinions that the BIA has already issued and opinions that the BIA will issue... Read More

Tags: bia , FOIA

Rubber Stamps, Eliminating Master Calendar Hearings...How Low Can EOIR Go?
Posted on 15 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oct. 15, 2021 - FOIA Sensei Matthew Hoppock blows the lid off this story. How will EOIR respond? Will litigation ensue? Will the MSM dig deeper? Please read the whole thing, and stay tuned! EOIR Headquarters Using Rubber Signature Stamps to Make Orders... Read More

FOIA Sensei Matthew Hoppock Scores Again!
Posted on 12 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Oct. 12, 2021 Here Are the BIA Chairman’s Memos From 2004 to 2018 Obtained Through FOIA "For the last four years, we’ve been using the Freedom of Information Act to request records describing the policies and procedures... Read More

Tags: bia , FOIA

Groups Sue Feds Demanding MPP Transparency
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Business Wire, Oct. 4, 2021 "The Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project (GHIRP ), YMCA of Greater Houston, International Services (YMCA) , and Justice Action Center (JAC) , represented by Bracewell LLP, filed on Friday, October 1st... Read More

FOIA Results – EOIR’s “Guidance and Publications” Site
Posted on 13 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Sept. 13, 2021 "In January 2019 we submitted a FOIA request asking for the contents of the EOIR ‘s “ Guidance and Publications” intranet site . The site is part of the EOIR’s intranet, which is accessible... Read More

Tags: FOIA , eoir

EOIR Launches FOIA Public Access Link
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Aug. 25, 2021 "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has launched its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Public Access Link (PAL), a new online portal that streamlines records requests for parties with business before the agency... Read More

Tags: FOIA , eoir

Judge Hauls Officials Into Court After ICE Refuses to Comply With Court Order
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Aug. 5, 2021 " In an unusual move, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., rebuked Immigration and Customs Enforcement for “thumbing its nose” at the court in a... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE