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The ACLU is filing a FOIA request to stop ICE records from being deleted.

n December, an ICE request to delete records was granted. The request to delete records, which was filed in 2015 under the Obama administration, would include documents relating to detainee deaths, sexual assaults, and abuse allegations while in ICE custody. On Tuesday, the ACLU filed a FOIA request to get access to the documents before they are deleted. The ACLU has argued that these documents should be protected in order to keep ICE accountable in the future

A federal judge ruled that the government cannot hide whether it uses social media surveillance tools.

The ACLU sued the DOJ in early 2019, arguing that after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the FBI wrongfully hid information on whether the government has social media surveillance records. Because acknowledging the use of social media surveillance would not reveal specific means of surveillance nor risk national security, Judge Chen ruled against the government, saying this should have been included in the information release. Several other agencies, including USCIS, ICE, and the State Department, have also acknowledged using social media surveillance. The ACLU emphasized that it is important to know the extent and capability of government surveillance, since being unable to speak freely harms immigrants and people of color in particular.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

ACLU and Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Reach FOIA Settlement Agreement with ICE

The ACLU and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies reached a settlementagreement with ICE in a suit brought regarding delays in the production of information requested via FOIA on ICE’s detention of asylum seekers who are found to have a credible fear of persecution. Among other things, ICE agreed to provide an informal description of the documents withheld in their entirety and written justification for such withholding.
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