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Government Accountability Project
September 12, 2017

ICE Refuses To Release Basic Agency Documents
By Zack Kopplin

ICE regularly mishandles FOIA requests – according to a three-year analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse’s FOIA Project, each year ICE ignores thousands of records requests until just before the agency’s annual report is due. ICE then closes out thousands of requests all at once, with the goal of making the numbers look good, rather than providing information to the public. Most requesters are unlikely to appeal these closed requests, meaning ICE is able to get away with ignoring FOIA requests on a massive scale. These problems are the latest in a string of recent incidents where ICE and the Department of Homeland Security have allegedly attempted to destroy or restrict access to information, in order to avoid scrutiny.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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