Resource: ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties: Our Current Docket

By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego

September 1, 2017

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties v. Department of Homeland Security (direct) (Muslim ban FOIAs) – In a series of coordinated requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), multiple ACLU affiliates sought information from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the conduct of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field offices in implementing the executive orders banning travel to the United States of individuals from several Muslim-majority countries. The requests seek to uncover documents regarding CBP’s chaotic and cruel enforcement against numerous individuals and investigate troubling reports that CBP ignored court orders. After DHS ignored the FOIA requests, we filed suit on April 12, 2017, together with similar suits elsewhere, with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as co-counsel. On May 8, the government asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to transfer the cases and consolidate them in the District of Columbia. We opposed that request, and the Panel denied it after a hearing on July 27. The cases will now proceed as independent lawsuits in their respective courts, including the Southern District of California