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Case Name Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security IM-MA-0013
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-12022 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Case Summary
On Oct. 17, 2017, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and the States of California, Hawai'i, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland ... read more >
On Oct. 17, 2017, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and the States of California, Hawai'i, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). All plaintiffs were represented by their respective Attorneys General.

The plaintiffs sought disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of agency records that would shed light on federal immigration enforcement activities within their respective States. Due to a significant increase in such enforcement in 2017, the plaintiffs asserted that they had an urgent need for this information.

The complaint alleged that on June 29, 2017, the plaintiffs submitted a FOIA request to ICE, USCIS, and CBP seeking copies of records relating to:
1. the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA);
2. arrests and/or detentions of individuals at certain locations; and
3. ICE or CBP detainer requests and databases.

The complaint further alleged that, to date, the plaintiffs had not received a substantive response from ICE. The plaintiffs sought an expedited disclosure order under FOIA and sought legal fees.

The case was assigned to Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV.

On Feb. 15, 2018, the parties filed a joint statement. The plaintiffs sought production of all responsive documents by Aug. 1, whereas the defendants anticipated production by Sept. 30 for CBP and USCIS and Nov. 30 for ICE.

The defendants completed their productions at the end of November 2018, with the exception of a subset of records that were referred to other agencies for review and production.

On Sept. 10, 2019, the plaintiffs requested that the district court set a deadline for the defendants' completion of remaining document production; the court set the date of Oct. 7, 2019.

On Oct. 1, 2019, the parties filed a joint stipulation of dismissal. The parties explained that the defendants had made a final production of records responsive to their FOIA requests on Sept. 12, and thus they had agreed to dismiss this case, with each party to bear its own costs, attorneys fees, and expenses.

This case is closed.

Ava Morgenstern - 04/21/2018
Sam Kulhanek - 03/29/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Records Disclosure
Immigration/Border
Border police
Detention - conditions
Detention - criteria
Detention - procedures
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. ยง 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, District of Columbia, and States of California, Hawai'i, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Documents Produced
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 10/17/2017
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  Nine States Sue Feds for Records on Immigration Crackdown
www.courthousenews.com
Date: Oct. 17, 2017
By: Huffman, Zach (Courthouse News)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:17-cv-12022 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/04/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-MA-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/17/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Local Rule 16.1(D) Joint Statement [ECF# 24]
IM-MA-0013-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Saylor, F. Dennis IV (FISC, D. Mass.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Ala'Ilima, Chalia Stallings (Washington) show/hide docs
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Bender, Robyn R. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Blake, Nathanael (Iowa) show/hide docs
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Colb, Sara A. (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Duffy, Conor (New York) show/hide docs
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Healey, Maura T. (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Kam, Stella M. L. (Hawaii) show/hide docs
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Kaplan, Scott J. (Oregon) show/hide docs
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Manganaro, Kevin W (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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McEllis, Caitlyn (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Nannery, Valerie M (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Rosado, Lourdes Maria (New York) show/hide docs
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Sclarsic, Jonathan (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Sullivan, Steven M. (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Yanai, Satoshi (California) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Anita (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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