Seeking Records About ICE’s Compliance with DHS’s Enforcement Priorities

Seeking Records About ICE’s Compliance with DHS’s Enforcement Priorities

Friday, September 10, 2021

Different administrations have set different priorities for enforcement to efficiently use U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resources. On January 20, 2021, the DHS issued a memo that outlined the category of individuals it deems priorities for enforcement actions. A second memorandum, issued on February 18th, directs ICE to collect data and issue reports on enforcement actions and removals.

The American Immigration Council, along with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and Mijente Support Committee filed a request for these reports.

The FOIA request seeks:

  1. The written reports that the memos directed ICE to create with information identifying weekly enforcement actions. The reports should contain information about whether a subject falls into one of the enforcement priorities, a justification for the action and the location and time of the action.
  2. The written reports that ICE was directed to issue pursuant to the February 18th memorandum should contain information about weekly removals.

 

Access to these reports is one way in which the public can ensure ICE complies with its own directives and hold ICE accountable.

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