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Case Name Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services IM-IL-0021
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-03097 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Case Summary
On May 1, 2018, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case was assigned to Judge Robert Gettleman. CAIR-Chicago sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S ... read more >
On May 1, 2018, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case was assigned to Judge Robert Gettleman. CAIR-Chicago sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within DHS, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Represented by private counsel, CAIR-Chicago sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

On August 1, 2017, CAIR-Chicago filed a FOIA request for records containing demographics and processing times of naturalization, change of status, and asylum since the 2008 institution of the Controlled Application Review & Resolution Program, a policy that imposes rules to delay or deny immigration benefits. CAIR-Chicago sought expedited processing of its FOIA request because it suspected religious discrimination against Muslim applicants, but defendants denied this request. The defendants did not respond to the FOIA request within the statutory time period and still had yet to respond. The plaintiff alleged that this conduct was a wrongful delay of release of records in violation of FOIA.

A status report filed on August 21, 2018 indicated the parties were attempting to avoid litigation and that the government would conduct the necessary searches for responsive records.

The case is ongoing.

Rebecca Strauss - 06/22/2018
Virginia Weeks - 08/26/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
Religion discrimination
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Government Services (specify)
Language/ethnic/minority needs
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Immigration/Border
Asylum - criteria
Asylum - procedure
Status/Classification
U.S. citizenship - acquiring
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) United States of America
United States of America
Plaintiff Description Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  CAIR-Chicago, Hughes Socol Law Firm Sue USCIS, DHS Over Secret Citizenship Vetting Program
CAIR-Chicago Press Center
Date: May 1, 2018
By: CAIR-Chicago
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:18−cv−03097 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/03/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-IL-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/01/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gettleman, Robert William (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0021-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Badlani, Chirag (Illinois)
IM-IL-0021-9000
Resnick, Kalman D (Illinois)
IM-IL-0021-0001 | IM-IL-0021-9000
Robertson, Phillip J. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0021-0001 | IM-IL-0021-9000

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