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Who is ICE Deporting?

The Marshall Project, Sept. 26, 2016 - "In November 2014, President Barack Obama said that immigration officials would make it a priority to deport immigrants who had committed serious crimes. “We’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security,”...

DHS (CBP & FEMA) FOIA Final Rule (Eff. Dec. 22, 2016)

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - "This rule amends the Department’s regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The regulations have been revised to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, and to incorporate changes...

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and to request...

DOJ Amends FOIA Regs (IFR)

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 2 / Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - "This [interim] rule [with request for comments] amends the Department of Justice’s regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to incorporate certain changes made to the FOIA by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016....

AILA FOIA Litigation Spurs Issuance of Guidance re Definition of 'Record'

DOJ OIP, Jan. 11, 2017 - "OIP ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON THE DEFINITION OF A RECORD AND THE PROCESSING OF RECORDS RESPONSIVE TO A REQUEST One of the first questions that an agency must answer as it begins to process a FOIA request is: “What exactly is the requester seeking?” The answer...

Immigration Judge Complaints - Key to Judge IDs Posted

Bryan Johnson, Jan. 16, 2017 - "The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has aggressively concealed the identities of Immigration Judges in connection with complaints of misconduct made against them for several years. Until today. In response to a FOIA from the American Immigration Lawyers...

FOIA Backlog Skyrockets at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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 end of December 2014 to 46,550 at the end of December...

FBI, FOIA, iPhones & Terrorism

On September 30, 2017, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the FBI’s motion for summary judgment in a case brought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) relating to an agreement with a technology vendor who assisted the FBI in unlocking...

AILA Nabs Some Immigration Judges' Names In FOIA Fight (Law360)

David Simpson, Law360, Nov. 20, 2017 - "A D.C. federal judge ruled Friday that the names of 14 immigration judges who’ve been subject to numerous complaints should be unredacted by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, granting a partial win to the American Immigration Lawyers Association...

FOIA Reveals "Wave Through" BIA Oral Argument Transcript, Amicus Briefs

Hats off to Matthew Hoppock excellent FOIA work on Amicus Invitation No. 16-09-19 Transcript of 3-22-17 oral argument: http://docufreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Castillo-Angulo-Transcript.pdf Amicus briefs: http://docufreedom.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Castillo-Angulo-AIC-AILA-amicus...

Documents Show DHS Confirmed Real Dangers of Returning Haitians in US, Cancelled TPS Despite Conditions - NIPNLG FOIA

NIPNLG, Apr. 17, 2018 - " Documents released today as a result of Freedom of Information Act litigation present new evidence in the multiple lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of racial animus and violation of required procedures in its cancellation of temporary protected status for Haitians...

USCIS to Implement Online Processing of FOIA Requests

USCIS, May 30, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the launch of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST), which will eventually allow users to submit, manage, and receive FOIA requests entirely online. Before this change, USCIS...