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Case Name American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security NS-VA-0007
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00441 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) National Security
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On Apr. 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and ... read more >
On Apr. 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented President Trump's Jan. 27 and Mar. 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs sought information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order."

The request concerned implementation at international airports within the purview of CBP's Baltimore Field Office, including Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore Washington International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport ("Local International Airports"), and Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Port of Washington-Dulles and Wilmington ("Port of Entry Offices"). The request also concerned the number of individuals who were detained or subjected to secondary screening, extended questioning, enforcement examination, or consideration for a waiver at the aforementioned airports pursuant to the Executive Orders.

In the complaint, plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders here in the San Francisco Field Office" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable."

On May 9, the government filed a motion to treat all of these FOIA cases as "multi-district litigation," effectively seeking to consolidate them before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. For the transfer motion see this case.

On June 26, Judge Brinkema stayed all proceedings pending the decision on the motion to transfer. On Aug. 25, the parties filed a consent motion to reopen the case, given that the government's MDL motion to transfer was denied on Aug. 2. 261 F. Supp. 3d 1348. The Court granted this consent motion on the same day.

On Jan. 11, Judge Brinkema ordered as follows:
- CBP must process 200 pages of potentially responsive emails in its Baltimore office by Feb. 28, and 400 pages by Apr. 30;
- CBP must produce responsive, non-exempt records to plaintiffs by Apr. 30;
- CBP must make rolling productions every two months after that, achieving 95% production by Aug. 31;
- CBP must complete production by Dec. 31.

The parties will file joint status reports every two months. Any hearing is postponed until after the parties file their final joint status report.

The latest status report, of Mar. 15, 2018, noted that defendants had completed processing over 900 pages. May through November status reports indicated the defendants were continuing to process and produce responsive records.

The parties continued to cooperate over the next year, largely sticking to the schedule and producing documents on the agreed upon time frame. On June 5, 2019, the parties submitted a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice, which was granted that same day.

The documents released by the government in all the ACLU cases are available through this case page. This case is closed.

Ava Morgenstern - 03/17/2018
Virginia Weeks - 11/17/2018
Jack Hibbard - 08/18/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Watchlist
Immigration/Border
Admission - criteria
Admission - procedure
Asylum - criteria
Asylum - procedure
Refugees
Visas - criteria
Visas - procedures
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Special Case Type
Multi-District Litigation (MDL)
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description The ACLUs of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 04/12/2017
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing NS-ME-0001 : American Civil Liberties Union of Maine v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (D. Me.)
NS-FL-0002 : American Civil Liberties Union of Florida v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (S.D. Fla.)
NS-CA-0024 : American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0025 : American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (S.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0026 : ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (C.D. Cal.)
NS-IL-0004 : American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Ill.)
NS-MI-0005 : ACLU of Michigan v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (E.D. Mich.)
NS-GA-0001 : ACLU of Georgia v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Ga.)
NS-OR-0005 : ACLU of Oregon v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D. Or.)
NS-WA-0004 : ACLU of Washington v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (W.D. Wash.)
NS-TX-0004 : ACLU Foundation of Texas v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (S.D. Tex.)
NS-AZ-0001 : ACLU of Arizona v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D. Ariz.)
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  We Sued for Records About Trump’s Muslim Bans. Here’s What We Found Out.
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 24, 2017
By: Vera Eidelman (American Civil Liberties Union)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  ACLU of Virginia, et. al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et. al
www.acluva.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  ACLU Files Lawsuits Demanding Local Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban
www.aclu.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
E.D. Va. 1:17-cv-00441-LMB-IDD
NS-VA-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/05/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
E.D. Va.
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act [ECF# 1]
NS-VA-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Memorandum of Plaintiffs, 42 American Civil Liberties Union Affiliates, In Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Transfer to the District of Columbia for Consolidation [ECF# 28]
NS-VA-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/30/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Plaintiffs' Memorandum In Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Decision on Motion to Transfer [ECF# 30]
NS-VA-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/31/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Defendants' Notice of Reply Brief Filed With the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation [ECF# 31]
NS-VA-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/06/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Defendants' Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Their Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Decision on Motion to Transfer [ECF# 32]
NS-VA-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/06/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Defendants' Notice of Decision [ECF# 33]
NS-VA-0007-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/20/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Order [ECF# 36]
NS-VA-0007-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/26/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Defendants' Consent Motion to Reinstate Administratively Closed Case [ECF# 37]
NS-VA-0007-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/25/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Order [ECF# 38]
NS-VA-0007-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/25/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Defendants' Answer [ECF# 39]
NS-VA-0007-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/29/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Joint Status Report [ECF# 43]
NS-VA-0007-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/04/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Joint Status Report [ECF# 45]
NS-VA-0007-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Joint Status Report [ECF# 61]
NS-VA-0007-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/15/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
E.D. Va.
Stipulation of Dismissal of Action with Prejudice [ECF# 76]
NS-VA-0007-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/05/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Brinkema, Leonie M. (E.D. Va.) show/hide docs
NS-VA-0007-0007 | NS-VA-0007-0009 | NS-VA-0007-9000
Davis, Ivan D. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Burke, Thomas R. (California) show/hide docs
NS-VA-0007-0002
Eckstein, Maya Miriam (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Berns, Matthew (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Doherty-McCormick, Tracy (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Shapiro, Elizabeth J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Terwilliger, G. Zachary (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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