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Melting ICE: FOIA & Trump's Deportation Force

A project to collaborate FOIA requests related to U.S. Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE), with a particular focus on Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE-ERO).

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Requester’s Voice: Open the Government's Jesse Franzblau

Requester’s Voice: Open the Government’s Jesse Franzblau

For this week’s Requester’s Voice, MuckRock spoke with Open the Government policy analyst Jesse Franzblau about investigating immigration policy and the doing FOIA work under the Trump administration.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Trump's family separation policy leaves a paper trail, and Orlando's "bureaucratic inertia" stalled a life-saving response plan ahead of Pulse shooting

This week’s FOIA round-up: Trump’s family separation policy leaves a paper trail, and Orlando’s “bureaucratic inertia” stalled a life-saving response plan ahead of Pulse shooting

In this week’s FOIA round-up, public records confirm the Trump administration’s intentional policy of family separation and shine light on a stalled Orlando Fire Department policy that could have saved lives during the Pulse Nightclub shooting. In public records law news, a provision of a November ballot initiative could expose San Francisco’s lauded Sunshine Ordinance to lawmaker interference.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: DOJ seals evidence of Border Patrol targeting volunteers, New Mexico’s settlements get pricey, and Parkland parents get stonewalled

This week’s FOIA round-up: DOJ seals evidence of Border Patrol targeting volunteers, New Mexico’s settlements get pricey, and Parkland parents get stonewalled

For this week’s FOIA round-up, records show the Justice Department motioned to seal text messages implicating Border Patrol’s deliberate targeting of a humanitarian group, and New Mexico settled almost $5 million in legal claims. Also, parents of two victims in the Parkland shooting are being prevented from getting public records about the massacre.

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Homeland Security claims it can’t find border wall records posted on its website

Homeland Security claims it can’t find border wall records posted on its website

In late February 2017, the Trump Administration took some of its earliest steps towards implementing a new border wall policy with an executive order and several memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s leadership. In response to the policy, MuckRock filed a FOIA request was filed for “memos relating to executive orders signed by Donald Trump,” including but not limited to memos described in a specific article. Just under 17 months later, DHS responded with a letter saying that they were unable to find any such memos. Despite these claims, two of the memos which DHS said they were unable to find had aleady been posted to their website.

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In California, Homeland Security continues to argue that Antifa, not white supremacists, pose "the greatest threat to public safety"

In California, Homeland Security continues to argue that Antifa, not white supremacists, pose “the greatest threat to public safety”

Since last September, MuckRock has been tracking every Homeland Security-run fusion center in the country’s investigations into Antifa and white supremacist groups. Today, we’ll take you on a rundown of the responses we’ve gotten back from California.

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ICE FOIA Response Says Data Released, Unable To Find In MuckRock Or ICE Online FOIA Status System