TRAC's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Motion Is Denied
June 28, 2006 —
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) had sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court asking that it order the accelerated production of information that TRAC had previously sought from ICE under the Freedom of Information Act.
The motion for preliminary injunction was denied by the District Court in Washington, D.C. on the following grounds:
the Supreme Court deadline has passed, and
there is no urgency concerning the broader public debate over
immigration because there's no imminent deadline after which the
data would be valueless.
TRAC had hoped that the prompt production of the requested data would help guide the Supreme Court and the parties involved in the case of Lopez v. Gonzales.
There appears to be nothing in this decision that would adversely affect TRAC's interests in other cases.