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American Thinker
October 8, 2010

ICE Doesn't Want to be TRAC'd
By Wesley Clark, MD

TRAC (Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse) at Syracuse University tracks and reports statistics regarding federal enforcement, staffing and spending. Strangely, just as all this DHS and ICE bragging began, data that has always been freely provided to TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act, regarding immigration enforcement activities, has now been refused to them. As TRAC protests: The effect of your September 22 letter is to deny the American people information about an important and currently controversial aspect of a key obligation of the federal government: what is it doing and not doing to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. ICE declined TRAC’s request, pending payment of a new fee for information that has heretofore been provided free-of-charge: You will be billed for the direct costs of producing this data, in accordance with 6 C.F.R. § 5.11, as well as for the reasonable charges for documents.search. It is estimated that the overall fee to process your request will equal approximately S450,000.00. Perhaps this is the latest effort of the Obama Administration to provide transparency in government, but if they’re really doing such a great job, like they claim, wouldn’t they want to help spread the word? Or maybe they want the story told only one way – their way

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