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Trump Administration FOIA cases

This page collects Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation pertaining to the Trump administration’s immigration policy. In all cases, plaintiffs argued that the administration failed to release records requested under FOIA. Record requests related to a variety of immigration policies, including new vetting policies, the ban on refugees from certain nations, and border wall projects. We will make available any documents responsive to the FOIA request made public as a result of these suits.

The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Buzzfeed Inc. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-01501-KBJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0048
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 25, 2018, Buzzfeed brought this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The plaintiff sought to shed light on ICE’s use and review of solitary confinement for individuals in its custody, citing ICE policy which ... [view]
2 Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-03359-LB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/07/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0122
Coding Complete
On June 7, 2018, attorneys from the Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School alongside the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The plaintiff sought declaratory ... [view]
3 Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:18-cv-00797-CKK (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/09/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0047
Coding Complete
On April 9, 2018, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed this complaint against defendant U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). EPIC alleged that ICE had failed to timely respond to its FOIA request for records concerning "ICE’s purchase and use of mobile forensics devices and ... [view]
4 Human Rights Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:18-cv-01842-DMR (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/26/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0117
Coding Complete
On March 26, 2018, Human Rights Watch filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court ... [view]
5 Center for Investigative Reporting v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:18-cv-00044-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0111
Coding Complete
On Jan. 3, 2018, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Represented by its own counsel, plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiff was a national nonprofit investigative news ... [view]
6 National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00659-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0060
Coding Complete
On Jan. 25, 2018, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) and a law professor brought this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as the U.S. Department of State (DOS). The plaintiffs ... [view]
7 State of California v. U.S. Department of Justice
3:18-cv-00805-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0114
Coding Complete
The State of California filed this suit on February 7, 2018, seeking to compel the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to produce records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The State sought records related to DOJ's recent decision to impose certain immigration enforcement related conditions that local jurisdictions must meet to receive ... [view]
8 Democracy Forward Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00375-RC (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0044
Coding Complete
On Feb. 20, 2018, the Democracy Forward Foundation filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Represented by its own counsel, the plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. According to the complaint, the plaintiff is a nonprofit ... [view]
9 American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2:18-cv-00176-JDL (D. Me.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-ME-0001
Coding Complete
This is one of a pair of lawsuits filed by state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), each relating to two separate Freedom of Information Act requests seeking agency records on immigration enforcement practices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. (The other case is ... [view]
10 American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2:18-cv-00182-JDL (D. Me.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-ME-0002
Coding Complete
This is one of a pair of lawsuits filed by state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), each relating to two separate Freedom of Information Act requests seeking agency records on immigration enforcement practices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. (The other case is ... [view]
11 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-03050-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Policing
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0119
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2018 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU brought suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. ACLU-NC requested records ... [view]
12 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-04105-LB (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0127
Coding Complete
In December 2017, the ACLU of Northern California submitted a request to the the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seeking documents related to the agency's use of a private contractor known as G4S Secure Solutions to restrain, process, and transport immigration detainees. G4S had reportedly been involved in ... [view]
13 N.Y. Times Co. v. United States DOJ
1:18-cv-02054-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-NY-0024
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
14 Judicial Watch, Inc. v. United States DOJ
1:18-cv-01050 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Justice
National Security
NS-DC-0131
Coding Complete
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requires the government to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) before it may conduct any domestic electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information. The warrant applications are made ex parte and must include a sworn statement by a federal ... [view]
15 National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:17-cv-02596 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/05/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0041
Coding Complete
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 private counsel, the plaintiff sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act ... [view]
16 Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-12022 (D. Mass.)
Filed 10/17/2017 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0013
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
17 Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-02118-RDM (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/13/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0036
Coding Complete
On October 13, 2017, the Protect Democracy Project filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. According to the complaint, plaintiff is a nonprofit organization with a "mission is to protect our democracy from descending into a more autocratic form of government by preventing those in power from depriving Americans ... [view]
18 Brennan Center for Justice v. U.S. Department of State
1:17-cv-07520-JGK (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/02/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0056
Coding Complete
On October 2, 2017, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Represented by Muslim Advocates and private counsel, the Brennan Center sued the Department of State (DOS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Brennan Center is ... [view]
19 New York Times Company v. U.S. Department of Justice
1:17-cv-07439-JGK (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/28/2017 - Closed 2018
United States Department of Justice
Education
ED-NY-0018
Coding Complete
On September 28, 2017, the New York Times Company filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and ... [view]
20 The Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Justice
1:17-cv-00842 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/31/2017 - Closed 2018
Department of State
Department of State
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-DC-0003
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2017, plaintiff, the Democracy Project, Inc., filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sought injunctive relief against defendants Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The ... [view]
21 James Madison Project (Daily Beast) v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-01281 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/29/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-DC-0115
Coding Complete
On June 29, 2017, the James Madison Project, Noah Shachtman, and Betsy Woodruff sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The James Madison Project (JMP) is an organization established in 1998 "to promote government accountability and the reduction of secrecy, as well as [to educate] the public on ... [view]
22 Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:17-cv-01215-GPC-WVG (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/15/2017 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0103
Coding Complete
On June 15, 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity brought this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Plaintiff filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the case was assigned to Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel (whom Trump had previously ... [view]
23 Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-00820 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/03/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-DC-0109
Coding Complete
On May 3, 2017, Muslim Advocates filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This suit sought documents related to the government's border searches of electronic devices in the possession of individuals from one of the seven nations targeted by ... [view]
24 Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Justice
1:17-cv-00815 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/02/2017 - Closed
U.S. Department of Justice
National Security
NS-DC-0111
Coding Complete
On May 2, 2017, the Protect Democracy Project filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). According to the complaint, plaintiff is an organization seeking to "protect our democracy from descending into a more autocratic form of government by preventing those in power from depriving Americans of a free, fair, and fully-informed ... [view]
25 Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:17-cv-00813 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/02/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
National Security
NS-DC-0110
Coding Complete
On May 2, 2017, the non-profit organization Muslim Advocates filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit aimed to shed light on the government's border searches of electronic devices in the possession of persons from the seven Muslim-majority countries covered by President Trump's Jan. 27 and Mar. 6 Executive Orders (Iraq, ... [view]
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