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Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information laws to open up genealogical and archival data

Reclaim The Records is an non-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates. We are collecting information about important archival and genealogical data sets that are not available online or on microfilm, and we then use state and Federal FOI laws and Open Data initiatives to get that information released back to the public.

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The New Immigration System

The Trump Administration is remaking the immigration system. It is rewriting the rules on who should be deported and when. It is creating new administrative hurdles to effectively create a ban on entry to the country from certain Muslim countries. It has begun breaking up families and to build a border wall. With your help, we can document the administration's transformation of the immigration system while also illuminating the stories of people affected by the new policies.

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Goshen, Indiana: the city that said no to a new ICE facility

Goshen, Indiana: the city that said no to a new ICE facility

Last fall, Goshen, Indiana, seat of the conservative Elkhart County which overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, was approached by private prison company CoreCivic with plans for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. However, instead of quickly signing on the dotted line with the promise of financial windwall, the Goshen citizenry took pause, and began to voice their concerns.

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Help crowdfund the release of immigration records Texas deemed wouldn’t benefit the general public

Help crowdfund the release of immigration records Texas deemed wouldn’t benefit the general public

Last month, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice denied MuckRock a fee waiver for a public records request regarding immigration policy, stating that the TDCJ “does not waive fees for this type of request.” Last year, TDCJ made the same argument to justify a cost estimates of over one million dollars for records related to sexual assault in prison. This begs the question - what type of requests do TDCJ waive fees for?

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U.S. government looking for new places to house detained migrant families

U.S. government looking for new places to house detained migrant families

The federal government is currently looking to house thousands of migrant children and families in new locations, including military bases and, potentially, new facilities to be managed by private corporations already heavily-involved in the American detention system.

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California records show state dealing with immigration detainer requests dating back to the '90s

California records show state dealing with immigration detainer requests dating back to the ‘90s

Across the country, law enforcement is grappling with the moral and legal complexity of cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While ICE continues to send out requests to detain inmates on their behalf, recent court cases like Roy v. Los Angeles have limited the ability of law enforcement to comply. However these issues aren’t new - as records released last week show, California has been documenting the debate over cooperating with immigration officials for over 25 years.

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Five ways to contribute to the ongoing private prison conversation

Five ways to contribute to the ongoing private prison conversation

Here are five close-to-home ways for you to learn more about the private prison industry, and to contribute to the ongoing discussion about their use.

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