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Immigrant Defense Project, et al. v. ICE

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Synopsis

In October of 2013, the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), along with CCR, filed a Freedom of Information Request with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies seeking information related to ICE’s home raids policies and arrest data in general as well as the particulars of a December 2011 ICE warrantless home raid operation in Latino homes in Northern Alabama.

Status

The Court issued a scheduling Order on November 19, 2014, ordering DHS and ICE to begin producing documents on December 19, 2014.

Description

Despite widespread condemnation the Bush administration’s “Return to Sender” and “Cross Check” programs – which CCR successfully challenged in Argueta v. Myers and Aguilar v. ICE – ICE’s practice of raiding residential homes continues during the Obama Administration and demonstrates that ICE has done little to stop agents from violating the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, especially in remote immigrant communities.

In October of 2013, the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), along with CCR, filed a Freedom of Information Request with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies seeking information related to ICE’s home raids policies and arrest data in general as well as the particulars of a December 2011 ICE warrantless home raid operation in Latino homes in Northern Alabama.

Timeline

The FOIA request was made on October 17, 2013.

The Complaint was filed in the case in the Southern District of New York on August 5, 2014.

The Government's Answer was filed on October 15, 2014.

On November 19, 2014, Judge J. Paul Oetken issued a scheduling order compelling the production of documents by ICE and DHS.