At a Glance
Plaintiff organizations filed a lawsuit on February 26, 2020 demanding records be released by federal agencies ICE, Treasury, and EOIR.
New York University Law School Immigrant Rights Clinic: Alina Das, Lauren Wilfong, Daniel Lee
Austin Sanctuary Network, Free Migration Project, Grassroots Leadership
The purpose of the FOIA request and lawsuit is to obtain information for the public about federal agencies' policies of imposing fines and monetary penalties on individuals, specifically immigrants taking sanctuary. As organizations that engage in advocacy and public education on behalf of immigrant communities, Grassroots Leadership, Free Migration Project, Austin Sanctuary Network, and the Center for Constitutional Rights have an interest in understanding the implementation of these policies, how they were developed, and what goals the agencies have in enforcing them. The need for this information is extremely urgent, as massive fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars have been levied against several women in sanctuary who have spoken out against these fines and U.S. immigration policy.