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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Press Release
June 16, 2020

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Demands Trump Administration Explain Incomplete Immigration Court Data

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus led by Chairman Joaquin Castro sent a letter to Director McHenry of the Executive Office for Immigration Review demanding an explanation for the release of incomplete data on immigration court proceedings and potentially deleting irretrievable information. Access to accurate data is critical for government transparency and government accountability. The letter was signed by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Vice Chair Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Whip Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-12), Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04), Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-8), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51), Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Congressman Darren Soto (FL-9), and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-3). “EOIR’s release of inaccurate and incomplete data obstructs the public’s right to be informed about government operations and undermines EOIR’s responsibility to fully and accurately respond to FOIA requests,” the Members wrote. “We ask that you clearly explain what has prompted official government records to go missing, what is being done to recover those records, and what steps the agency is taking to ensure accurate and reliable dissemination of information about immigration court operations going forward.” Full text of the letter follows and can be found here.

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