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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

DOS Releases Asylum Country Profiles to Settle FOIA Lawsuit
Posted on 3 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Unpublished BIA Remands: 1-Year Asylum Deadline - FOIA Results
Posted on 3 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Attorney Bryan Johnson writes: "Here is the link to full FOIA results of certain BIA remands: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ii49w8ybsb31q67/AAABiGOuyufqOGTK23QI8BTCa?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/gqs5i872hocq5tm/2016-23184%20Admin%20%26%20BCR... Read More

Tags: Johnson , bia , FOIA , remand , asylum

Initial Asylum-Related FOIA Victory in D.C.: Mezerhane de Schnapp v. USCIS
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sandra Grossman and Rachel Zoghlin write: "On July 18, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ordered USCIS to produce to the Court unredacted copies of all disputed documents remaining at issue in long-pending asylum-related litigation under... Read More

Asylum FOIA Victory in SF: Martins v. USCIS
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration officials must hand over notes asylum officers take, a federal judge ruled , finding the documents essential to quality representation in immigration proceedings. San Francisco-based immigration attorney Jeffrey Martins sued the U... Read More

Tags: notes , FOIA , martins , USCIS , asylum , beeler

EAJA Fee Victory in FOIA Lawsuit
Posted on 8 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Positive Decision on Segregability in FOIA Cases from D.D.C.
Posted on 2 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rachel C. Zoghlin writes: "On July 30, 2015, after over two years of litigation, Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a highly-anticipated decision in the companion FOIA cases Mezerhane Gosen v. USCIS... Read More