FOIA Advisor

FOIA News: Magistrate recommends disclosure of border checkpoints

FOIA News (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Judge backs ACLU in lawsuit over border checkpoints

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Jan 28, 2017

A federal magistrate is chiding the Border Patrol for trying to hide certain information from the public about its sometimes controversial checkpoints.

In a 55-page recommendation, Bernado Velasco said there is no valid reason for the Department of Homeland Security to refuse to provide records about the location of its checkpoints. The American Civil Liberties Union wants that as part of a broader look into the practices of the Border Patrol in stopping vehicles.

Velasco also rebuffed the contention by Homeland Security that requiring it to divulge information on the nationality and skin complexion of those who are stopped at either fixed checkpoints or roving patrols would be "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.''

Read more here.