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Case Name National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-DC-0041
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-02596 ( 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 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 counsel from the private law firm Jones Day, plaintiff sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its ... read more >
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 counsel from the private law firm Jones Day, plaintiff sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its parent agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Plaintiff is a nonprofit organization promoting immigrants' rights. According to the complaint, plaintiff seeks information on defendants' use of mobile biometric devices and applications in immigration applications and enforcement.

The complaint alleged that on Mar. 17, 2017, plaintiff and another organization, Mijente, had submitted a FOIA request to defendants. The requests sought records concerning ICE's use of mobile biometric devices and applications, and DHS's investigations of civil rights or civil liberties in the use of these devices and applications.

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

On Dec. 5, 2017, the case was assigned to Judge Royce C. Lamberth. This case is ongoing.

Ava Morgenstern - 01/01/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Confidentiality
Racial profiling
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Search policies
Immigration/Border
Admission - procedure
Constitutional rights
Deportation - procedure
Detention - procedures
ICE/DHS/INS raid
Status/Classification
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Visas - procedures
Work authorization - procedures
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. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description Immigrant rights' organization
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Lawsuit Filed to Force ICE and DHS to Release Information on the Use of Mobile Biometric Devices during Raids and Deportations
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Dec. 6, 2017
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Unchecked DHS Fingerprinting Practice Moves Groups to Press for Transparency
www.mijente.net
Date: Mar. 29, 2017
By: Mijente
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:17-cv-2596 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0041-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-DC-0041-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/05/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lamberth, Royce C. (D.D.C., FISC)
IM-DC-0041-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Early, Cormac A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0041-0001
Marshall, C. Kevin (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0041-0001 | IM-DC-0041-9000

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