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A federal judge ruled that ICE violated FOIA.

 In December, a federal judge ruled that ICE violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when it denied immigration lawyers access to their client’s files. ICE’s reasoning was that the clients in ICE custody were “fugitives,” but that is not one of the stated exceptions under FOIA. ICE used this justification for denying FOIA requests at least 333 times between July 21, 2017 and April 4, 2019. As of this week, the government has about a month remaining to appeal the decision.

A privacy rights group has sued the Trump administration over border DNA testing.

 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on November 12 to compel the government to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, EFF is looking for information on “the number of individuals whose DNA had been collected, the accuracy of DNA matches, and the exact gene processing used to identify parent-child relationships.” The DNA testing used by the government claims to have results within 90 minutes, which has raised some questions on accuracy. Additionally, though the government claims that the DNA tests are voluntary based on consent forms, EFF has concerns about coercion. According to EFF, the consent forms claim that refusing a DNA test can result in family separation. Right now, the lawsuit is only about getting information under FOIA.

A privacy rights group has sued the Trump administration over border DNA testing.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on November 12 to compel the government to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, EFF is looking for information on “the number of individuals whose DNA had been collected, the accuracy of DNA matches, and the exact gene processing used to identify parent-child relationships.” The DNA testing used by the government claims to have results within 90 minutes, which has raised some questions on accuracy. Additionally, though the government claims that the DNA tests are voluntary based on consent forms, EFF has concerns about coercion. According to EFF, the consent forms claim that refusing a DNA test can result in family separation. For now, the lawsuit is only about getting information about the testing under FOIA.

USCIS Expands Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests

USCIS announced the latest phase in the expansion of its FOIA Immigration Records System (FIRST). USCIS online account holders may now submit FOIA requests online for their own records and will soon be able to submit online requests for non-A-File material.

USCIS Expands Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests

USCIS announced the latest phase in the expansion of its FOIA Immigration Records System (FIRST). USCIS online account holders may now submit FOIA requests online for their own records and will soon be able to submit online requests for non-A-File material.

USCIS Continues to Expand Digital Delivery of FOIA Requests

USCIS announced that it has introduced the second phase of the FOIA Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST). Phase two allows all FOIA requestors to create a USCIS online account, track their cases, and receive their responses electronically.

USCIS to Implement Online Processing of FOIA Requests

USCIS announced the launch of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records SysTem (FIRST), which will eventually allow users to submit, manage, and receive FOIA requests entirely online.
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