This week’s FOIA round-up: Judge rules that Trump’s transition team emails are not subject to release under FOIA, and ICE’s internal documents show tactics, arrest quotas
In this week’s FOIA round-up, a federal judge ruled that Trump transition team emails are not subject to release, documents reveal years of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid tactics, and a recently released report showed federal agents feared riots by migrants who were being held in overcrowded and unsanitary cells. Meanwhile, in Montana, the state supreme court ruled that a university player’s privacy rights as a student outweigh the public’s right to know.
And belated happy birthday to FOIA, signed 53 years ago this week by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966.
Each year, dozens of private prison contracts come up for re-bid. Help MuckRock’s Private Prison Project by letting us know about the contract debate near you.
Starting last month, Muckrock launched its Vanity Plate Rejection Project by putting out FOIA requests on rejected vanity license plate applications to DMVs across the country. Several agencies have since responded with long lists of all the weird, embarrassing, confusing, and perverted things people have actually tried—and failed—to display on their cars. Hopefully these selections will give you pause the next time you consider having anything but random letters and numbers stamped on your license plate.