FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates
WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection office to expose how 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 55 international airports across the country.
"These executive orders have had a terrible impact on the lives of many Minnesota families. At a bare minimum Customs and Border Protection should be transparent with how they are implementing the order," stated Teresa Nelson, Legal Director of the ACLU of Minnesota.
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 learns 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 following ACLU affiliates participated in this coordinated FOIA filing:
San Diego, California