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FOIA News: TRAC Challenges ICE's Abrupt Change in Disclosure Practices

FOIA News (2017)Kevin SchmidtComment

TRAC Challenges ICE's Abrupt Change in Disclosure Practices

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), May 9, 2017

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) charging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with unlawfully withholding records related to ICE's immigration enforcement actions and its interaction with other law enforcement agencies.

At issue are ICE's use of detainers. These are requests from ICE to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to hold immigrants in their custody and to turn them over to ICE for possible deportation. Under President Trump, the agency announced that it was making stepped up usage of detainers a cornerstone of its immigration enforcement strategy. The agency further threatened local jurisdictions with the withholding of federal funds if they failed to comply with ICE detainers.

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