Operation Palladium FOIA

At a Glance

Date Filed: 

December 16, 2020

Current Status 

The complaint was filed in the Southern District of New York December 16, 2020.

Co-Counsel 

Leila Kang and Andrew Wachtenheim at Immigrant Defense Project

Client(s) 

Immigrant Defense Project and the Center for Consitutional Rights

Case Description 

The lawsuit seeks to compel both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release documents pertaining to “Operation Palladium,” an aggressive immigration enforcement program that is part of a Trump administration effort to target sanctuary cities, which have enacted measures to protect immigrant residents and prevent federal immigration enforcement practices from disrupting state and local systems and services. The New York Times described "Operation Palladium" as a “supercharged arrest operation.” 

ICE and DHS refused to release information on the program in response to an urgent FOIA request, filed in June 2020, over concerns about the program’s legality, so IDP and Center for Constitutional Rights filed our lawsuit in December 2020, seeking a court order to force the agencies to produce any records they have.

Case Timeline

December 16, 2020
IDP and CCR file complaint in federal court
December 16, 2020
IDP and CCR file complaint in federal court
Complaint filed in Southern District of New York.