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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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"No More Deaths" and the Targeting of Humanitarian Aid Groups at the Border

Arizona-based humanitarian aid group No More Deaths has been working to save the lives of border-crossing migrants since 2004. After Donald Trump's election on the coattails of anti-immigrant sentiment, federal agencies began targeting them for their work. Help MuckRock uncover the politically motivated criminalization of humanitarian border work.

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Trump administration instructions used to apply public charge rule contain substantial errors

The new “public charge” rule is set to go live in less than two weeks but lawful immigrants applying for green cards will have their applications judged against a set of unclear rules by evaluators who may be relying on error-ridden and incorrect instructions. Those denied green cards can’t appeal these decisions even if the process is full of mistakes.

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Whistleblower complaint leads to plans for widespread DNA surveillance of immigrants

Whistleblower complaint leads to plans for widespread DNA surveillance of immigrants

Last spring, the Department of Homeland Security started collecting DNA at United States borders for the first time. Since then, DHS has quietly begun to implement the largest expansion of government DNA collection and storing of biometric information in more than a decade.

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Help journalists read through family border separation complaints

Help journalists read through family border separation complaints

More than 600 complaints about family separation events were submitted to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in 2018. You can help get these stories told.

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Help investigate family separation at the Mexican border.

Help investigate family separation at the Mexican border.

Just a few minutes of your time will help create a resource for reporters and advocates investigating ICE’s family separation policies.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: USDA adopts a new "hands-off" animal welfare policy, ICE is putting mentally ill migrants in solitary confinement, and an L.A. official was paid by an agency he was lobbying

This week’s FOIA round-up: USDA adopts a new “hands-off” animal welfare policy, ICE is putting mentally ill migrants in solitary confinement, and an L.A. official was paid by an agency he was lobbying

In this week’s FOIA round-up, the number of animal welfare citations issued by the USDA has decreased by 65% under the Trump Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is placing record numbers of migrants in solitary confinement, many of whom are mentally ill, L.A. official Michael LoGrande was lobbying private developers while serving as the head of the city’s Planning Agency, and the Tennessee Court of Appeals rules that state agencies still have to release public records that are part of criminal investigations.

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