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Case Name American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security NS-IL-0004
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-02768 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
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 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border ... read more >
On Apr. 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 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 at issue in this particular lawsuit concerned implementation at CBP’s Chicago Field Office, including Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and other international airports and ports of entry across the Midwestern states in which plaintiffs were located.

In the complaint, plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding" of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders through the Chicago Field Office, in particular at O'Hare Airport, and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." Plaintiffs argued that CBP detained approximately 17 persons at O'Hare on Jan. 28 under Executive Order No. 1, and refused to release information about the detainees, even to their lawyers.

On Apr. 12, the case was assigned to Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr.

On May 8, the government filed a motion to treat all of the ACLU's 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 the document on this case's page.

On May 10, the government filed an unopposed motion requesting an extension of time, until June 29, to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint. Judge Dow granted this motion on May 15. On May 12, the government moved to stay proceedings pending the decision by the judicial panel regarding the multi district litigation. The ACLU responded on May 30, and the government replied on June 7.

On June 19, defendants filed a notice of a decision in a related case, ACLU of Maine v. CBP. The District Court of Maine had granted defendants' motion for a temporary stay of proceedings. On June 26, CBP filed notice of a decision in related cases.

On June 27, the ACLUs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin filed a joint status report. On June 28, Judge Dow granted the government's May 12 motion to stay all proceedings pending decision on the motion to transfer.

On Aug. 2, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied defendants' transfer motion. On Aug. 21, the ACLUs filed a joint status report.

On Sept. 22, the case was referred to Magistrate Judge Weisman for discovery supervision, the settlement conference, and all discovery motions, including the ACLUs' Sept. 22 motion.

The parties' Jan. 16, 2018 status report stated that CBP had processed approximately 2300 pages of records. The next status reports of February through June noted continuing processing.

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

Ava Morgenstern - 04/21/2018
Julie Aust - 11/24/2017
Virginia Weeks - 06/29/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Religion discrimination
General
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Watchlist
Immigration/Border
Admission - criteria
Admission - procedure
Border police
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 ACLUs of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing NS-TX-0004 : ACLU Foundation of Texas v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (S.D. Tex.)
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-VA-0007 : American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (E.D. Va.)
NS-AZ-0001 : ACLU of Arizona v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D. Ariz.)
NS-MI-0005 : ACLU of Michigan v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (E.D. Mich.)
NS-CA-0026 : ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (C.D. Cal.)
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.)
Additional Resources
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  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 Illinois, et al, v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
www.acluohio.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio
[ 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 ]

Docket(s)
1:17-cv-2768 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/20/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Executive Order [FOIA Release]
NS-IL-0004-0017.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/27/2017
Source: ACLU
Complaint [ECF# 1]
NS-IL-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion for Transfer of Actions Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1407 for Coordinated or Consolidated Pretrial Proceedings [ECF# 22]
NS-IL-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Decision on Motion to Transfer [ECF# 23]
NS-IL-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ACLU's Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Stay Proceedings [ECF# 29]
NS-IL-0004-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/30/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Stay Proceedings Pending Decision on Motion to Transfer [ECF# 34]
NS-IL-0004-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/07/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Decision [ECF# 35]
NS-IL-0004-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/19/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Transfer [ECF# 44] (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0004-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/02/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report [ECF# 48]
NS-IL-0004-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/21/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Answer [ECF# 50]
NS-IL-0004-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/22/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 53] (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0004-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/25/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum of Law Regarding Aggregation [ECF# 62]
NS-IL-0004-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/11/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Set Production Schedule [ECF# 69]
NS-IL-0004-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/06/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of Motion to Set Production Schedule [ECF# 70]
NS-IL-0004-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/13/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Response to the Court's Request in its Minute Order of November 16, 2017 [ECF# 72]
NS-IL-0004-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/20/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' January Status Report [ECF# 76]
NS-IL-0004-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' February Status Report [ECF# 77]
NS-IL-0004-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' March Status Report [ECF# 78]
NS-IL-0004-0018.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/14/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' April Status Report [ECF# 80]
NS-IL-0004-0019.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Breyer, Charles R. (N.D. Cal.)
NS-IL-0004-0007
Dow, Robert Michael Jr. (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0004-0010 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Huvelle, Ellen Segal (D.D.C.)
NS-IL-0004-0007
Kaplan, Lewis A. (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-IL-0004-0007
Perry, Catherine D. (E.D. Mo.)
NS-IL-0004-0007
Proctor, R. David (N.D. Ala.)
NS-IL-0004-0007
Vance, Sarah S. (E.D. La.)
NS-IL-0004-0007
Weisman, M. David Court not on record [Magistrate]
NS-IL-0004-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gatnarek, Heather L. (Kentucky)
NS-IL-0004-9000
Glenberg, Rebecca Kim (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Gordon, John Bennett (Minnesota)
NS-IL-0004-9000
Kabat, Patrick S. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Kinsella, Kathleen V. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Levenson, Freda J. (Ohio)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Miller, Amy A. (Nebraska)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Naron, Gregory R. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Rothert, Anthony [Tony] E. (Missouri)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Sharp, William E. (Kentucky)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Spears, Natalie J. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0001 | NS-IL-0004-0004 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0013 | NS-IL-0004-0014 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Berns, Matthew (District of Columbia)
NS-IL-0004-0002 | NS-IL-0004-0003 | NS-IL-0004-0005 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0009 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Lausch, John R. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0018
Levin, Joel R. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0003 | NS-IL-0004-0006 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0009 | NS-IL-0004-0011 | NS-IL-0004-0012 | NS-IL-0004-0015 | NS-IL-0004-0016 | NS-IL-0004-0019
Patil, Chetan Adinath (District of Columbia)
NS-IL-0004-0002 | NS-IL-0004-0003 | NS-IL-0004-0005 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0009 | NS-IL-0004-0011 | NS-IL-0004-0012 | NS-IL-0004-0015 | NS-IL-0004-0016 | NS-IL-0004-0018 | NS-IL-0004-0019 | NS-IL-0004-9000
Readler, Chad A. (District of Columbia)
NS-IL-0004-0002 | NS-IL-0004-0003 | NS-IL-0004-0005 | NS-IL-0004-0006 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0009 | NS-IL-0004-0011 | NS-IL-0004-0012 | NS-IL-0004-0015 | NS-IL-0004-0016 | NS-IL-0004-0018 | NS-IL-0004-0019
Shapiro, Elizabeth J. (District of Columbia)
NS-IL-0004-0002 | NS-IL-0004-0003 | NS-IL-0004-0005 | NS-IL-0004-0006 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0009 | NS-IL-0004-0011 | NS-IL-0004-0012 | NS-IL-0004-0015 | NS-IL-0004-0016 | NS-IL-0004-0018 | NS-IL-0004-0019
Walsh, Thomas P. (Illinois)
NS-IL-0004-0003 | NS-IL-0004-0005 | NS-IL-0004-0006 | NS-IL-0004-0008 | NS-IL-0004-0009 | NS-IL-0004-0011 | NS-IL-0004-0012 | NS-IL-0004-0015 | NS-IL-0004-0016 | NS-IL-0004-0018 | NS-IL-0004-0019

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