Magazine article Information Management

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits for Records Related to Travel Ban

Magazine article Information Management

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits for Records Related to Travel Ban

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In April, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that its affiliates had filed 13 coordinated Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, demanding government documents related to implementation of the president's executive orders on travel and immigration, as reported on npr.org.

The ACLU seeks records from the local offices of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security - records it says it first requested on Feb. 2.

The lawsuits seek information from 13 local CBP offices, mainly in cities with international airports "where there were reports of some kind that we wanted to get information about, and we wanted to get it from the people handling it on the ground," said Gabriela Melendez, political communications manager for the ACLU.

The FOIA requests seek any records on the implementation of the travel bans, including text messages, voicemails, e-mails, contracts, directives, and training documents. …

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