In November 2021, IRAP sued the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the State Department to challenge the agencies’ disregard for the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). This lawsuit challenges the agencies’ failure to publish information about how they collect, store, and access information, in violation of the FOIA’s decades-old “Infosystems Requirement.”
IRAP seeks to compel DHS and the State Department to publish an index and descriptions of their major information systems online, so that FOIA requestors can better understand what information agencies have and how to ask for that information. IRAP also seeks records explaining how USCIS and the State Department process FOIA requests, so that IRAP and other advocates can use the FOIA more effectively.
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Nov 17, 2021
Learning How to Ask: Why immigration advocates should care about the FOIA’s Infosystems Requirement
Today, IRAP filed a lawsuit against DHS, USCIS, and DoS under the Freedom of Information Act. Our quarrel began when IRAP asked these agencies to produce documents and the agencies did not respond. This time, however, IRAP is after more than just documents.
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