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September 5, 2017

New report reveals growing government secrecy in immigration enforcement

A new report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reveals that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increasingly concealing information that was previously released to the public in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The report describes efforts by ICE to block access to information on immigration enforcement cooperation between federal and non-federal law enforcement agencies, exposing possible violations of the agency’s FOIA obligations. The report provides the most comprehensive data available on ICE’s use of detainer requests – a tactic used by ICE to force local law enforcement to keep undocumented individuals in custody for up to 48 hours beyond their scheduled release. TRAC specializes in FOIA requests on immigration enforcement, and consistently publishes case-by-case data on the use of detainers to make the information available for the public to better understand how local law enforcement is cooperating with federal authorities in their communities. However, ICE is increasingly concealing data about its own immigration investigations and enforcement in its refusal to release information previously disclosed in response to FOIA requests.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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