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To get some immigration-related records, FOIA is the only option

To get some immigration-related records, FOIA is the only option

The United States of America is the primary destination for more members of the global migrant population than any other country. To handle the constant influx of foreign individuals - both legally-authorized and otherwise - across the borders, the federal government relies on a handful of agencies to funnel foreign visitors and residents in and out of the country. The Freedom of Information Act and equivalent state laws can help to shed some light into how the immigration system on all levels is working - or not.

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MuckRock Release Notes: More portal party time

MuckRock Release Notes: More portal party time

This week, we worked behind the scenes to continue to tweak and improve our integration with agency FOIA portals.

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Exploring trends in the CIA's CREST database

Exploring trends in the CIA’s CREST database

When the Central Intelligence Agency released its CREST database online, it created a historical treasure trove of 13 million pages, more than any one researcher is likely to ever comb through. Fortunately, we’re able to have a computer do that for you, following various trends in what the Agency is paying attention to in a given year.

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How Reuters used public information to build the most comprehensive database of Taser-involved deaths yet

How Reuters used public information to build the most comprehensive database of Taser-involved deaths yet

In a sweeping investigation, a team of Reuters reporters, editors, and data analysts raised serious questions about Taser’s manufacturer’s claim that no one has died directly from device’s shock. Reviewing the results of hundreds of autopsies, filing hundreds of public records requests around the country, and other painstaking open-source research made the investigation possible.

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Boston is a city for the dogs

Boston is a city for the dogs

MuckRock’s been requesting registered dog data from towns across the country. In honor of National Dog Day, we took a peek at the prevalence of puppies in our home town.

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