FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates
Boise — The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to reveal how the Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s immigration ban, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban’s implementation. The filing today is part of a coordinated effort from 50 ACLU affiliates, which filed 18 FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning over 55 international airports across the country.
“We filed a FOIA today to understand how exactly our government is implementing the executive orders nationwide,” said Leo Morales, ACLU of Idaho executive director. “It’s clear that there has been massive confusion, despite a very clear order from the courts that detentions and deportations should not be occurring. Government transparency is so critical right now as real lives could be in danger.”
Media reports indicate that CBP officials detained and deported individuals, even after federal courts ordered officials to stop enforcing the executive order following a court challenge from the ACLU and other organizations.
“It is imperative that the public learn if federal immigration officials are blatantly defying nationwide federal court orders that block President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “To shed light on this critical issue of pressing public concern, 50 ACLU affiliates are using the Freedom of Information Act to expose Customs and Border Protection’s abuse of power.”
The Trump administration has yet to inform the public of how many refugees, visa holders, and legal permanent residents have been affected by this action.
The ACLU of Idaho joined ACLU affiliates in Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, and Alaska to file a FOIA request with the US Customs and Border Protection office which covers points of entry in those states.
The FOIA can be viewed here:
The following ACLU state offices participated in this coordinated FOIA filing:
San Diego, California