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Case Name National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-DC-0039
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-02448 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Case Summary
On Nov. 13, 2017, the organizations National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), Mijente Support Committee, and Detention Watch Network, brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by counsel from NIPNLG itself and Public Citizen ... read more >
On Nov. 13, 2017, the organizations National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), Mijente Support Committee, and Detention Watch Network, brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by counsel from NIPNLG itself and Public Citizen Litigation Group, plaintiffs sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Plaintiffs are nonprofit organizations promoting immigrants' rights. According to their complaint, they seek information on "Operation Mega," which news sources had reported as an ICE immigration enforcement operation to apprehend noncitizens nationwide in mid-September 2017. On the same date that news sources had reported "Operation Mega," ICE had released a press release stating that no nationwide operation was planned due to recent weather disasters in Florida and Texas.

The complaint alleged that on Sept. 12-14, 2017, plaintiffs and other requesters nationwide had submitted FOIA requests to each of defendant's field offices, seeking records concerning "Operation Mega" or related operations, including another named "Operation Safe City."

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

On Nov. 14, 2017, the case was assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. This case is ongoing.

Ava Morgenstern - 11/20/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Immigration/Border
Deportation - criteria
Deportation - procedure
ICE/DHS/INS raid
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. ยง 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description Immigrant rights' organizations
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  National Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Secrecy of Immigration Raids
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Nov. 13, 2017
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:17-cv-02448 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0039-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/16/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-DC-0039-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/13/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Mehta, Amit Priyavadan (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0039-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0039-0001 | IM-DC-0039-9000
Llewellyn, Patrick D. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0039-0001 | IM-DC-0039-9000
Shah, Paromita (Massachusetts)
IM-DC-0039-0001
Zota, Sejal (Massachusetts)
IM-DC-0039-0001

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