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Trump Administration FOIA cases

This page collects Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation pertaining to the Trump administration’s immigration policy. In all cases, plaintiffs argued that the administration failed to release records requested under FOIA. Record requests related to a variety of immigration policies, including new vetting policies, the ban on refugees from certain nations, and border wall projects. We will make available any documents responsive to the FOIA request made public as a result of these suits.

The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Justice
1:18-cv-01967-RC (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0055
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 23, 2018, Muslim Advocates filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Justice [DOJ] and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE]. The complaint alleged that the defendants improperly withheld information in violation of the Freedom of ... [view]
2 Campaign Legal Center v. DOJ
1:18-cv-01771 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/30/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0012
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This is a case concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 United States census. On July 30, 2018, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonprofit aimed at increasing access to democratic participation, brought this action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The CLC sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) ... [view]
3 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-04105-LB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0127
Coding Complete
In December 2017, the ACLU of Northern California submitted a request to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeking documents related to the agency's use of a private contractor known as G4S Secure Solutions to restrain, process, and transport immigration detainees. G4S had reportedly been involved in ... [view]
4 American Immigration Council v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-01531 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/27/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0049
Coding Complete
On June 27, 2018, the American Immigration Council filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), the U.S. Customs & Border Protection ("CBP"), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") under 5 U.S.C. § 552, the Freedom of Information ... [view]
5 Buzzfeed Inc. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-01501-KBJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0048
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 25, 2018, Buzzfeed and Loevy & Loevy brought this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The plaintiffs sought to shed light on ICE’s use and review of solitary confinement for individuals in its custody, citing ICE ... [view]
6 Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-03359-LB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/07/2018 - Closed 2020
United States Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0122
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-03050-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/23/2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Policing
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0119
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2018 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU brought suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. ACLU-NC requested records ... [view]
8 American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2:18-cv-00182-JDL (D. Me.)
Filed 05/08/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-ME-0002
Coding Complete
This is one of a pair of lawsuits filed by state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), each relating to two separate Freedom of Information Act requests seeking agency records on immigration enforcement practices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. (The other case is ... [view]
9 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
1:18-cv-03097 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 05/01/2018 - Closed 2019
United States of America
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-IL-0021
Coding Complete
On May 1, 2018, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case was assigned to Judge Robert Gettleman. CAIR-Chicago sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency ... [view]
10 American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2:18-cv-00176-JDL (D. Me.)
Filed 05/01/2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-ME-0001
Coding Complete
This is one of a pair of lawsuits filed by state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), each relating to two separate Freedom of Information Act requests seeking agency records on immigration enforcement practices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. (The other case is ... [view]
11 Arab American Institute v. Office of Management and Budget
1:18-cv-00871-ABJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/13/2018 - Case Ongoing
Office of Management and Budget
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0011
Coding Complete
On April 13, 2018, the Arab American Institute (“AAI”) sued the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. AAI alleged that OMB violated FOIA by failing to disclose requested records pertaining to OMB’s decision not ... [view]
12 Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-00797-CKK (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/09/2018 - Closed 2020
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0047
Coding Complete
On April 9, 2018, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed this complaint against defendant U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). EPIC alleged that ICE had failed to timely respond to its FOIA request for records concerning "ICE’s purchase and use of mobile forensics devices and ... [view]
13 Human Rights Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:18-cv-01842-DMR (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/26/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0117
Coding Complete
On March 26, 2018, Human Rights Watch filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court ... [view]
14 Democracy Forward Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00375-RC (D.D.C.)
Filed 02/20/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0044
Coding Complete
On Feb. 20, 2018, the Democracy Forward Foundation filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Represented by its own counsel, the plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. According to the complaint, the plaintiff is a nonprofit ... [view]
15 State of California v. U.S. Department of Justice
3:18-cv-00805-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/07/2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0114
Coding Complete
The State of California filed this suit on February 7, 2018, seeking to compel the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The State sought records related to DOJ's recent decision to impose certain immigration enforcement related conditions that local jurisdictions must meet to receive ... [view]
16 National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00659-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/25/2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0060
Coding Complete
On Jan. 25, 2018, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) and a law professor brought this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as the U.S. Department of State (DOS). The plaintiffs ... [view]
17 Center for Investigative Reporting v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:18-cv-00044-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0111
Coding Complete
On Jan. 3, 2018, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Represented by its own counsel, plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiff was a national nonprofit investigative news ... [view]
18 N.Y. Times Co. v. United States DOJ
1:18-cv-02054-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-NY-0024
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
19 Judicial Watch, Inc. v. United States DOJ
1:18-cv-01050 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-DC-0131
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
20 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
3:17-cv-01061-AVC (D. Conn.)
Filed 06/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-CT-0001
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
21 Knight First Amendment Institute v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-00548 (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
National Security
NS-DC-0108
Coding Complete
On Mar. 27, 2017, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiff sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Represented by its own staff and the law firm Jenner & Block, plaintiff ... [view]
22 Center for Investigative Reporting v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:17-cv-07204-EDL (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/19/2017 - Closed 2018
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0110
Coding Complete
On Dec. 19, 2017, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and one of its journalists brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Represented by its own counsel, the plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The organizational ... [view]
23 Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
1:17-cv-02684 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/15/2017 - Closed
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0042
Coding Complete
This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint was filed on Dec. 15, 2017. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for records pertaining to the data collection systems FALCON and Investigative Case Management (ICM). EPIC argued that ICE's use of these systems risked violating the Privacy ... [view]
24 National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:17-cv-02596 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/05/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0041
Coding Complete
On Dec. 5, 2017, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act ... [view]
25 Government Accountability Project v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-02518-CRC (D.D.C.)
Filed 11/21/2017 - Closed 2020
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0040
Coding Complete
On Nov. 21, 2017, the organization Government Accountability Project brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by the civil rights law firm Loevy & Lovey, the plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Plaintiff is a nonprofit ... [view]
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