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FOIA News: Travel ban case bogged down by voluminous records

FOIA News (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Judge Frustrated With DHS Response To Travel Ban FOIA

By Bryan Koenig, Law360, Nov. 28, 2017

A D.C. federal judge took the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to task during a status conference Tuesday, admonishing the government for its “unacceptable” responsiveness to a Freedom of Information Act suit related to allegedly discriminatory policies targeting Muslims for searches following the Trump administration’s immigration ban.

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan said that while she appreciates the heavy burden the government faces under a bevy of FOIA document requests and myriad lawsuits, that doesn’t excuse DHS’s apparent failure “to meaningfully negotiate” with public interest group Muslim Advocates. 

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