Demanding ICE Provide Essential Data

Demanding ICE Provide Essential Data

August 27, 2021

The data requested from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in this case—information about removals, detentions, apprehensions, risk classification assessments, and bond management—is critical to understanding the U.S. immigration enforcement system and how enforcement priorities were implemented. ACLU pursued this information through a FOIA request. ICE did not provide unique identifiers necessary to link records of enforcement activity to individuals in the records it released to the ACLU. As a result, the ACLU cannot analyze each person’s interactions with ICE across different datasets from the agency.   

The case raises broader questions about ICE’s lack of transparency, and what the public should demand of a well-funded law enforcement agency that holds tens of thousands of individuals in its custody on a daily basis. 

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