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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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GEO Group has donated over a million dollars to Florida elections since 2016

GEO Group has donated over a million dollars to Florida elections since 2016

Since the 2016 general election, Florida-based for-profit prison operator GEO Group has donated over a million dollars to Political Action Committees and political candidates throughout the State of Florida, support Republican PACs and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, as well as a number of elections for representation in both houses of the Florida Congress.

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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: 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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This week’s round-up: FEMA gets ICE'd, a splurging superintendent in Texas, and a chance to nominate your free speech hero

This week’s round-up: FEMA gets ICE’d, a splurging superintendent in Texas, and a chance to nominate your free speech hero

For this week’s FOIA round-up, we’re taking a look at FEMA cuts for ICE programming, a school leader’s spending habits, and Scott Pruitt’s money problems. Plus, open nominations for the FAC Free Speech and Open Government Award.

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GEO Group continues to expect gains from the feds for the rest of the year

GEO Group continues to expect gains from the feds for the rest of the year

Earlier this month, on the same day that GEO Group execs held a Second Quarter earnings call with shareholders detailing its immigration-based growth, the company issued a Cease and Desist order to the group Dream Defenders, in part a response to its organizing a day of action against the company.

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ICE "overbroad" response