Immigration Law

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DOJ letter, Oct. 15, 2021 "Plaintiff seeks the publication of unpublished decisions issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) — both historical opinions that the BIA has already issued and opinions that the BIA will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


Free Immigration FOIA Zoom by ABA, June 16, 2021
Posted on 3 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA "Government Information & Right to Privacy Committee Presents FOIA Challenges in Immigration Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm ET Participants: -Emily Creighton; Legal Director, Transparency; American Immigration Council -Claudia... Read More

Tags: FOIA

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border
Posted on 14 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, May 14, 2021 "Taylor Levy couldn’t understand why she’d been held for hours by Customs and Border Protection officials when crossing back into El Paso, Texas, after getting dinner with friends in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in... Read More

One Man's Quest to Unseal John Tanton's Papers
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Isabela Dias, Mother Jones, Mar. 30, 2021 "Ahmad first filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the University of Michigan on December 14, 2016, in order to gain access to the Tanton papers. ... On May 8, 2017, the University of Michigan... Read More

Tags: fair , Tanton , FOIA , Michigan

Major FOIA Victory at CA2: NYLAG v. BIA
Posted on 5 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYLAG v. BIA "Plaintiff-Appellant New York Legal Assistance Group (“NYLAG”) seeks access to non-precedential “unpublished opinions” issued by Defendant-Appellee the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) in immigration... Read More

Tags: bia , FOIA , eoir

Mich. FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Tanton Records
Posted on 30 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Slagter, Michigan Live, Dec. 29, 2020 "The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next week over whether sealed off records of an anti-immigration activist that are housed at the University of Michigan are considered public record. The... Read More

Tags: Tanton , FOIA , Michigan

Massive Class Action FOIA Victory: Nightingale v. USCIS
Posted on 17 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Dec. 17, 2020 "Judge William H. Orrick today, granted summary judgment in favor of two nationwide classes suing the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for... Read More

Tags: FOIA

CBP Broke the Law, Then Lied About It
Posted on 17 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Nov. 17, 2020 EMAILS SHOW CBP DETAINED HUNDREDS OF IRANIANS FOR HOURS PURSUANT TO UNLAWFUL DIRECTIVE Media Contacts: Matt Adams, NWIRP Legal Director – (206) 957-8611, Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-WA Executive Director –... Read More

Tags: detention , cbp , FOIA , nwirp , border

Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Secretive Expansion of Judicial Black Sites for Immigration Cases
Posted on 31 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, AIC, Oct. 30, 2020 "Immigration groups filed a lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)—which oversees immigration courts—and the... Read More