As I’ve mentioned before, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (and the Department of Homeland Security), are currently enjoying an unprecented and unregulated amount of power. As ICE raids spiral out of control and their victims face more and more injustice, more must be done to reign in the agency’s politically-fueled power trip. So, its great to hear that advocates are pursuing legal ways to hold ICE accountable:
A coalition of civil rights lawyers is suing federal immigration officials who have illegally failed to release information about reported racial profiling, intimidation and denial of access to counsel by workers detained during a huge workplace raid in Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the ACLU of Southern California and the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles filed a federal lawsuit asserting that the government’s lack of response violates the Freedom of Information Act. The three groups first requested basic information from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security nearly seven months ago. The government has failed to release a single document.
“The government has squandered an opportunity to allay community concerns about the manner in which it is conducting immigration raids. If the government truly believes that it is conducting these raids in a humane and lawful manner, it should release the documents this lawsuit seeks,” said NILC staff attorney Karen Tumlin.
We will be sure to keep you posted on any developments in this case.