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AILA Prevails in H-1B FOIA Litigation

"The reliability and fairness of our immigration system can be evaluated only if the government’s procedures and activities are transparent. The LAC regularly uses the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to increase transparency and promote accountability regarding DHS enforcement practices...

FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Immigration Court Information

"Last month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) , represented by Public Citizen and the American Immigration Council , filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against EOIR and the Department of Justice , where EOIR is housed [ complaint ]. Under FOIA, AILA had requested...

Identities of Immigration Judges Shielded in FOIA Litigation: AILA v. EOIR

"The conduct of the nation’s immigration judges has been the focus of considerable public concern in recent years. Seeking to shed additional light on this important issue, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”...

Immigration Attys Say DOJ Isn't Complying With FOIA Request

"The American Immigration Lawyers Association on Thursday urged a D.C. federal court to enforce an order that the Executive Office for Immigration Review must turn over documents related to AILA’s request for information on complaints against immigration judges, saying the government is shirking...

From AILA: USCIS Provides I-601 and I-601A Statistics for FY2010 - FY2015

"USCIS provided statistics on approval rate, denial rate, and RFE rate for Forms I-601 and Forms I-601A, for FY2010 through FY2015. Information was provided in response to an AILA FOIA. The highlights: Since FY2010 thru January of FY2015, the average approval rate for I-601s is 79.6% and...

In FOIA Litigation, DOJ Calls Immigration Judges "Low-Level Employees"

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 18, 2016 - "A federal appeals court is wrestling with the question of whether the government should be forced to make public the names of immigration judges accused of misconduct either on or off the job. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit heard arguments for nearly...

FOIA Victory Against EOIR: AILA v. EOIR

AILA v. EOIR, July 29, 2016 - "Immigration judges are employees of the Department of Justice. The American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking disclosure of records related to complaints about the conduct of immigration...