Immigration Law

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TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests... Read More

Tags: wait times , backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

ICE’s FOIA Requests Piling Up
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) there has been a rapid rise in the backlog of FOIA requests received that have been waiting unanswered for long periods of time. According to its annual FOIA report, ICE had only 50 pending requests at... Read More

Tags: backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

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

FOIA Backlog Skyrockets at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Posted on 8 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, May 8, 2017 - "The backlog of unprocessed FOIA requests to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to climb. In just a two-year period, the backlog of unanswered FOIA requests has tripled, climbing from 17,998 at the... Read More

Tags: backlog , FOIA , TRAC , USCIS

Poor ICE FOIA Management Hinders Public Access to Immigration Records
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Poor management of FOIA requests at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is evidenced by older requests being forgotten while the agency focuses on the newer ones, according to the latest ICE records compiled and analyzed by the Transactional... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE , management

ICE Takes A Year To Say It Can't Find Data: Withholds information on deportation orders sought in Immigration Court
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Syracuse, N.Y. — On April 20 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's April 25, 2011 request under the Freedom of Information Act ... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE

TRAC Challenges ICE Claim That Data Are Off-Limits to the Public
Posted on 23 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Agency Withholding Violates the FOIA Syracuse, NY, October 23 — "The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) challenging a ruling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Read More

Tags: detention , FOIA , TRAC , lawsuit , ICE

ICE Continues to Stonewall on Immigration Enforcement Data
Posted on 28 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 10, 2012 : "On January 4 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's previous request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA... Read More

Tags: stonewall , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

New Tools For Tracking ICE Prosecutorial Discretion
Posted on 22 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oct. 21, 2011 TRAC has launched a bundle of new report series, with accompanying data tools and regular updates, which allow the public to monitor ICE's exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the Immigration Courts, as spelled out in Director... Read More