Case: Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

3:17-cv-01061 | U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Filed Date: June 27, 2017

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint, filed June 27, 2017, seeks to enhance knowledge about discriminatory immigration policy regarding Muslims, Latinos, and other members of groups disfavored by the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.The plaintiffs are two non-profit organizations: Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut (CAIR-CT) and Make the Road Ne…

This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint, filed June 27, 2017, seeks to enhance knowledge about discriminatory immigration policy regarding Muslims, Latinos, and other members of groups disfavored by the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

The plaintiffs are two non-profit organizations: Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut (CAIR-CT) and Make the Road New York (MRNY). In the complaint, they cited various examples of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric from President Trump, as well as the Trump administration's Executive Orders banning entry into the United States of individuals from certain majority-Muslim countries. The plaintiffs argued that these incidents directly impacted their work of enhancing public understanding of Islam and empowering immigrant and working-class communities.

The plaintiffs submitted three FOIA requests in furtherance of their work to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and DOS. According to the complaint, the FOIA requests sought greater understanding of the administration's immigration enforcement policies out of a concern that the defendants have targeted individuals on the basis of actual or perceived religion, ethnicity, race, or national origin in enforcing their immigration policies. Specifically, the plaintiffs sought "disclosure of agency policies, communications, and statistics related to visa processing and visa issuances for individuals applying abroad; to adjudication of entry document applications; and to screening and searching of individuals arriving at U.S. ports of entry." After the defendants did not produce any responsive records, the plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, and "to compel the disclosure and release of urgently needed records."

The case was assigned to Judge Alfred V. Covello.

The parties entered into settlement negotiations, which remain active.

On Jan. 26, 2018, the parties filed a status report indicating the defendants had completed their search for potentially responsive documents. The government was to produce the first set of documents on or before Feb. 23, 2018, with further productions made on a rolling basis every six weeks through June 2018. The parties agreed to work together on a list of search terms for the government to use. Status reports filed March through November indicated the production was progressing and that the parties would confer about any anticipated changes to the timeline.

The parties filed a joint motion to transfer the case to a Magistrate Judge on August 5, 2019. The court granted this motion; the case was transferred to Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector on August 15, 2019.

The defendants filed a motion to stay and extend the production schedule on April 2, 2020. Magistrate Judge Spector granted this motion on the following day; under the new order, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), a DHS agency, would be required to produce 1,500 pages per six-week reporting period.

About six weeks later, the defendants filed a consent motion to modify the production schedule on May 18, 2020. The motion noted that CBP had largely complied with the production schedule, and that the remaining documents would require cooperation across different agencies to produce and analyze. Magistrate Judge Spector granted the motion, and removed production page limits for CBP for the next reporting period, though the agency needed to keep the parties abreast on updates for the remaining material.

The next status report is due on June 19, 2020. The case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Virginia Weeks (9/15/2017)

Virginia Weeks (11/28/2018)

Ellen Aldin (6/10/2020)

People

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Judge(s)

Covello, Alfred V. (Connecticut)

Spector, Robert M (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ahmad, Muneer I. (Connecticut)

Bates, Adam Taylor (New York)

Cox, Justin Bryan (Georgia)

Espiritu, Nicholas David (California)

Evarts, Linda (New York)

Heller, Rebecca (New York)

Hirose, Mariko (New York)

Keaney, Melissa S. (California)

Judge(s)

Covello, Alfred V. (Connecticut)

Spector, Robert M (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ahmad, Muneer I. (Connecticut)

Bates, Adam Taylor (New York)

Cox, Justin Bryan (Georgia)

Espiritu, Nicholas David (California)

Evarts, Linda (New York)

Heller, Rebecca (New York)

Hirose, Mariko (New York)

Keaney, Melissa S. (California)

Loyo, Ruben (Connecticut)

Parikh, Reena (Connecticut)

Poellot, Stephen (New York)

Stehlik, Joshua T. (California)

Sung, Esther (California)

Tumlin, Karen C. (California)

Wishnie, Michael J. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Drezner, Michael Leon (District of Columbia)

Hunt, Joseph H. (District of Columbia)

Shapiro, Elizabeth J. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Council on Islamic - American Relations - Connecticut v. US Citizenship and Immigration Services

May 28, 2020 Docket
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Complaint

Council on Islamic-American Relations v. USCIS

June 27, 2017 Complaint
101 (& 101-1)

Defendants' Consent Motion to Modify Production Order

Council on American-Islamic Relations v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

May 21, 2020 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Title Description External URL

WIRAC Sues Administration for Withholding Records in “Backdoor Muslim Ban”

Yale Law School

On June 27, 2017, the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Connecticut (CAIR-CT) and Make the Road New York (MRNY) sued the Trump administration for withholding critical information concerning its… June 27, 2017 None

Guest Post: New Resource — Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse FISA Archives

Margo Schlanger

Obviously there have been load of disclosures about FISA matters over the past year—between the Snowden documents, the FOIA-driven ODNI declassifications, the FISA Court’s nifty new on-line docket, a… June 26, 2014 http://justsecurity.org/...

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6081287/council-on-american-islamic-relations-connecticut-v-us-citizenship-and/

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

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COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $400 receipt number 0205-4448842.), filed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York.(Ahmad, Muneer) Modified on 6/27/2017 (Walker, A). (Entered: 06/27/2017)

June 27, 2017 RECAP

Add and Terminate Judges

June 27, 2017 PACER

Judge Alfred V. Covello added. (Anastasio, F.)

June 27, 2017 PACER
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ELECTRONIC FILING ORDER - PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH COURTESY COPY REQUIREMENTS IN THIS ORDER Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 6/27/2017.(Hushin, Z.) (Entered: 06/28/2017)

June 27, 2017 PACER
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NOTICE TO COUNSEL/PRO SE PARTIES : Counsel or pro se parties initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 2 Electronic Filing Order, 1 Complaint filed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York Signed by Clerk on 6/28/2017.(Hushin, Z.) (Entered: 06/28/2017)

June 28, 2017 PACER
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EXHIBIT A-I by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York re 1 Complaint. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 06/29/2017)

June 29, 2017 RECAP

Request for Clerk to issue summons as to All Defendants. (Ahmad, Muneer)

July 12, 2017 PACER

Request to Issue Summons

July 12, 2017 PACER
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ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and LR 4 as to *U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services* with answer to complaint due within *30* days. Attorney *Muneer I. Ahmad* *Jerome N. Frank Legal Services - Wall St - Yale Law School* *127 Wall Street* *New Haven, CT 06511*. (Hushin, Z.) (Entered: 07/13/2017)

July 13, 2017 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Michael J. Wishnie on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 07/14/2017)

July 14, 2017 PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. U.S. Customs and Border Protection served on 7/14/2017, answer due 8/13/2017; U.S. Department of State served on 7/14/2017, answer due 8/13/2017; US Citizenship and Immigration Services served on 7/14/2017, answer due 8/13/2017. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 07/14/2017)

July 14, 2017 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Michael L. Drezner on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 08/08/2017)

Aug. 8, 2017 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time until September 13, 2017to Respond to Plaintiffs' Complaint by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 08/08/2017)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Aug. 8, 2017 RECAP
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ORDER granting 9 motion for extension of time. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is extended to and including September 13, 2017. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on August 10, 2017. (Modzelewski, C.) (Entered: 08/10/2017)

Aug. 10, 2017 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time until October 13, 2017to Respond to Plaintiffs' Complaint by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/08/2017)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 8, 2017 RECAP
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ORDER granting 11 motion for extension of time. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is extended to and including October 13, 2017. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on September 12, 2017. (Modzelewski, C.) (Entered: 09/12/2017)

Sept. 12, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Justin B. Cox to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4536777) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, # 3 Affidavit)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/18/2017)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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3 Affidavit

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Sept. 18, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Mariko Hirose to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4536831) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/18/2017)

1 Affidavit

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2 Text of Proposed Order

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3 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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Sept. 18, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Stephen Poellot to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4536844) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/18/2017)

1 Affidavit

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2 Text of Proposed Order

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3 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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Sept. 18, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) 1 to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538798) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)

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2 Exhibit Certificate of standing

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 19, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Esther Sung to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538799) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)

1 Affidavit

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2 Exhibit Certificate of standing

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 19, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Melissa Keaney to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538800) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)

1 Affidavit

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2 Exhibit Certificate of standing

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 19, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Nicholas Espiritu to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538801) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)

1 Affidavit

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2 Exhibit Certificate of standing

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 19, 2017 PACER
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ORDER granting 13 motion to appear; granting 14 motion to appear; granting 15 motion to appear; granting 16 motion to appear; granting 17 motion to appear; granting 18 motion to appear; granting 19 motion to appear Certificate of Good Standing due by 11/27/2017. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 09/28/17. (Covello, Alfred) (Entered: 09/28/2017)

Sept. 28, 2017 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Mariko Hirose on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Hirose, Mariko) (Entered: 10/02/2017)

Oct. 2, 2017 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Stephen Poellot on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Poellot, Stephen) (Entered: 10/04/2017)

Oct. 4, 2017 PACER
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MOTION for Extension of Time and Entry of Briefing Schedule by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 10/10/2017)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Oct. 10, 2017 RECAP
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ORDER granting in part and denying in part 23 motion for extension of time. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is hereby extended to and including November 17, 2017. The defendants' motion is denied in all other respects. The response and reply, if any, shall be filed in accordance with the federal and local rules of civil procedure. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on October 11, 2017. (Kontyko, K.) (Entered: 10/11/2017)

Oct. 11, 2017 PACER

Answer deadline updated for All Defendants. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is hereby extended to and including November 17, 2017 (Alexander, R.)

Nov. 4, 2017 PACER

Update Answer Deadline

Nov. 4, 2017 PACER
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Joint MOTION to Stay Briefing Schedule by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York.Responses due by 11/30/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 11/09/2017)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Nov. 9, 2017 PACER
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ORDER granting in part and denying in part 25 motion to stay. The briefing schedule is hereby stayed to and including December 28, 2017. Any future motions for an extension of the stay shall include a specific articulation of the basis of the need for additional time. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on November 13, 2017. (Kontyko, K.) (Entered: 11/13/2017)

Nov. 13, 2017 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 12/01/2017)

Dec. 1, 2017 RECAP
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ANSWER to 1 Complaint with Affirmative Defenses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 12/28/2017)

Dec. 28, 2017 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 12/28/2017)

Dec. 28, 2017 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 01/26/2018)

Jan. 26, 2018 RECAP
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Joshua T. Stehlik to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number ACTDC-4705454) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 02/02/2018)

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2 Text of Proposed Order

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Feb. 2, 2018 PACER
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MOTION for Attorney(s) Linda B. Evarts to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number ACTDC-4705519) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Appendix Certificate of Good Standing)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 02/02/2018)

1 Affidavit

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2 Text of Proposed Order

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3 Appendix Certificate of Good Standing

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Feb. 2, 2018 PACER
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ORDER granting 31 Motion for Attorney Joshua T. Stehlik to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice. Certificate of Good Standing due by 4/7/2018. Signed by Clerk on 2/6/2018. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 02/06/2018)

Feb. 6, 2018 PACER
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ORDER granting 32 Motion for Attorney Linda B. Evarts to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Clerk on 2/6/2018. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 02/06/2018)

Feb. 6, 2018 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua T. Stehlik on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Stehlik, Joshua) (Entered: 02/28/2018)

Feb. 28, 2018 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Linda B. Evarts on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Evarts, Linda) (Entered: 02/28/2018)

Feb. 28, 2018 RECAP
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CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING re 31 MOTION for Attorney(s) Joshua T. Stehlik to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number ACTDC-4705454) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Stehlik, Joshua) (Entered: 03/05/2018)

March 5, 2018 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 03/27/2018)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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March 27, 2018 RECAP
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ORDER for production of documents. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on April 9, 2018. (Kontyko, K.) (Entered: 04/09/2018)

April 9, 2018 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 05/25/2018)

May 25, 2018 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT (Amended) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 06/25/2018)

June 25, 2018 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 07/24/2018)

July 24, 2018 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/24/2018)

Sept. 24, 2018 PACER
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STATUS REPORT (Corrected Signature Line) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/25/2018)

Sept. 25, 2018 RECAP
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Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 11/26/2018)

Nov. 26, 2018 PACER
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MOTION to Stay Production Schedule by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Responses due by 1/30/2019 (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 01/09/2019)

Jan. 9, 2019 PACER
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ORDER granting 46 motion to stay. Counsel shall notify the court within 10 days after congress has restored appropriations to the department of justice. The court will address the issue of appropriate deadlines and extensions after it is notified by counsel that appropriations have been restored. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 1/23/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 01/23/2019)

Jan. 23, 2019 PACER

Case Stayed

Jan. 23, 2019 PACER

Case Stayed per 47 Order. (Bozek, M.)

Jan. 23, 2019 PACER
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NOTICE by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 02/01/2019)

Feb. 1, 2019 PACER
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Consent MOTION to Modify Production Schedule by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Responses due by 2/27/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 02/06/2019)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Feb. 6, 2019 PACER
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ORDER granting 49 motion to modify production schedule. It is hereby ordered that defendants U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will make their next production of those non-exempt, fully processed documents which require the use of electronic search terms, on 3/8/19. Thereafter, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to make such productions on a rolling basis every 8 weeks. The parties will submit the next joint status report on 2/22/19, and every 60 days thereafter. The stay shall be lifted. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 2/19/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 02/19/2019)

Feb. 19, 2019 PACER

Set Deadlines/Hearings

Feb. 19, 2019 PACER

Set Deadline: Status Report due by 2/22/2019 per 50 Order. (Bozek, M.)

Feb. 19, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 02/22/2019)

Feb. 22, 2019 RECAP
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NOTICE of Appearance by Reena Parikh on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 03/20/2019)

March 20, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 04/23/2019)

April 23, 2019 RECAP
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NOTICE by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York OF WITHDRAWAL OF COUNSEL BY MELISSA S. KEANEY (Keaney, Melissa) (Entered: 05/16/2019)

May 16, 2019 PACER
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MOTION for Melissa S. Keaney to Withdraw as Attorney by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Keaney, Melissa) (Entered: 05/29/2019)

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May 29, 2019 PACER
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ORDER granting 55 motion to withdraw as attorney for the plaintiffs. Attorney Melissa Keaney terminated. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 5/30/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 05/30/2019)

May 30, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion to Withdraw as Attorney

May 30, 2019 PACER
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Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 06/24/2019)

June 24, 2019 RECAP
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MOTION for Leave to File Law Student Appearance of Alexandra Vaughn by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - law student and supervising attorney authorization, # 2 Exhibit B - Plaintiffs' authorization, # 3 Certificate of Service)(Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 07/01/2019)

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3 Certificate of Service

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July 1, 2019 PACER
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MOTION to Modify Scheduling Order or Refer to Magistrate Judge for Mediation by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York.Responses due by 8/6/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 07/16/2019)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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July 16, 2019 RECAP
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ORDER granting 58 motion for leave to file; granting in part and denying in part 59 motion. The scheduling order is hereby amended as follows: discovery due by 8/14/19; dispositive motions due by 9/11/19; trial brief due by 10/9/19; trial ready date 11/6/19. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 7/17/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 07/17/2019)

July 17, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

July 17, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to File

July 17, 2019 PACER

Set Deadlines/Hearings: Discovery due by 8/14/2019. Dispositive Motions due by 9/11/2019. Trial Brief due by 10/9/2019. Trial Ready Date 11/6/2019. (Murphy, Tatihana) Modified on 7/22/2019 to correct discovery deadline (Bozek, M.).

July 17, 2019 PACER

Set Deadline per 60 Order : Discovery due by 8/14/2019. (Bozek, M.)

July 17, 2019 PACER

Set Deadlines/Hearings

July 18, 2019 PACER

Set Deadlines/Hearings

July 22, 2019 PACER
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Joint MOTION to Stay Schedule and for Referral to Magistrate Judge for All Matters by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Responses due by 8/26/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael). Added MOTION to Transfer Judge on 8/9/2019 (Bozek, M.). (Entered: 08/05/2019)

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Aug. 5, 2019 RECAP
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ORDER granting 61 joint motion to transfer the case "in its entirety, to a Magistrate Judge for final resolution." Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 8/9/2019. (Sondergeld, C.) (Entered: 08/09/2019)

Aug. 9, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion to Transfer / Disqualify / Recuse Judge

Aug. 9, 2019 PACER
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CONSENT to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge. Case reassigned to Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector. This matter has been transferred to a magistrate judge. All non-efiled submissions should be filed at the seat of court where the magistrate judge presides. The case number will remain the same, but must be followed by the magistrate judge's initials. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 8/15/2019.(Bozek, M.) (Entered: 08/15/2019)

Aug. 15, 2019 PACER

Consent to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge

Aug. 15, 2019 PACER
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NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. A TELEPHONIC Status and Scheduling Conference is set for 8/29/2019 at 12:00 PM before Judge Robert M. Spector. Please use the following dial in for this call: (877) 873-8017, access code: 7040261. (Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/16/2019)

Aug. 16, 2019 PACER

Calendar Entry

Aug. 16, 2019 PACER
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Joint STIPULATION and [Proposed] Scheduling Order by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 08/16/2019)

Aug. 16, 2019 RECAP
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ORDER: The 65 Joint Stipulation and Proposed Scheduling Order filed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York is SO ORDERED. The scheduling of a settlement conference will be discussed during the call with the Court, scheduled for 12:00pm on August 29, 2019. Signed by Judge Robert M. Spector on 8/20/2019.(Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/20/2019)

Aug. 20, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion to Stay

Aug. 20, 2019 PACER

Order

Aug. 20, 2019 PACER
67

ORDER finding as moot 61 Motion to Stay in light of Doc. Nos. 62-63, 65-66. Signed by Judge Robert M. Spector on 8/20/2019. (Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/20/2019)

Aug. 20, 2019 PACER
68

Consent MOTION to Reschedule Status Conference by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Responses due by 9/12/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 08/22/2019)

1 Text of Proposed Order

View on PACER

Aug. 22, 2019 PACER
69

ORDER granting 68 Consent Motion to Reschedule Status Conference. The telephonic conference is rescheduled to August 30, 2019 at noon. Signed by Judge Robert M. Spector on 8/23/2019. (Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/23/2019)

Aug. 23, 2019 PACER

Calendar Entry

Aug. 23, 2019 PACER

Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Aug. 23, 2019 PACER
70

NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. RESET FROM 8/29/2019 at Noon At the request of counsel: Rescheduled Telephonic Status Conference is set for 8/30/2019 at 12:00 PM before Judge Robert M. Spector. Please use the following dial in for this call: (877) 873-8017, access code 7040261. (Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/23/2019)

Aug. 23, 2019 PACER
71

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Robert M. Spector: Telephonic Status Conference held on 8/30/2019. 30 minutes (Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/30/2019)

Aug. 30, 2019 PACER

Order

Aug. 30, 2019 PACER

Status Conference

Aug. 30, 2019 PACER
72

ORDER: As agreed upon by counsel during the telephonic status conference held today, counsel shall file a Joint Proposed Scheduling Order by September 6, 2019. Signed by Judge Robert M. Spector on 8/30/2019.(Watson, M.) (Entered: 08/30/2019)

Aug. 30, 2019 PACER
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Joint STIPULATION and Proposed Joint Scheduling Order by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/06/2019)

Sept. 6, 2019 RECAP
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ORDER: 73 The Joint Stipulation and Joint Scheduling Order is SO ORDERED in large part. The pretrial conference pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 is set for October 16, 2019 at 10 a.m.. Signed by Judge Robert M. Spector on 9/9/2019.(Watson, M.) (Entered: 09/09/2019)

Sept. 9, 2019 PACER

State / Territory: Connecticut

Case Type(s):

National Security

Special Collection(s):

Trump Administration FOIA cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 27, 2017

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

nonprofit organizations the Council on American-Islamic Relations –Connecticut and Make the Road New York

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Attorney Organizations:

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale)

National Immigration Law Center

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Department of Homeland Security, Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Records Disclosure

Religious programs / policies

Type of Facility:

Government-run