Investigations Into Policy & Regulations

From harmful environmental deregulation to rollbacks in civil rights protections, and from setbacks in reproductive rights to controversial and harsh anti-immigration policies like family separation, we’re looking into who was involved and uncovering the origins and implementation — and in some cases, incompetence — behind the administration’s various policy actions.

Conditions in Migrant Detention Centers

Squalid conditions, overcrowding, cold temperatures, inadequate medical care, and even tragic deaths — the emergence of disturbing reports and images from migrant detention facilities have added a troubling layer to…

Family Separation and the Detention of Immigrant Children

The Trump administration established a policy of separating families and detaining children of immigrants arrested while attempting to enter the United States. After strong opposition, the administration claimed to have…

‘Remain in Mexico’ and Barriers to Seeking Asylum

Under Trump, the ability of those escaping persecution or deadly violence to apply for asylum in the United States has been drastically and dangerously curtailed. American Oversight is investigating the…

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Political Interference at the U.S. Postal Service

Civil Rights, Trade & Industry, Voting Rights, Abuse of Power, Coronavirus Response, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Conditions in Migrant Detention Centers

Civil Rights, Immigration, Abuse of Power, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

‘Remain in Mexico’ and Barriers to Seeking Asylum

Immigration, Policy & Regulations

Political Interference in the 2020 Census

Immigration, Abuse of Power, Misconduct, Policy & Regulations

Combating Domestic Terrorism and Right-Wing Violent Extremism

Domestic Terrorism, Policy & Regulations, Specific Events

The Trump Administration’s Transgender Military Ban

Civil Rights, National Security & Foreign Policy, Policy & Regulations

Family Separation and the Detention of Immigrant Children

Civil Rights, Immigration, Abuse of Power, Policy & Regulations

Efforts to Undermine Sanctuary Cities

Civil Rights, Immigration, Abuse of Power, Policy & Regulations

The Trump Administration’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Health Care, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Audit the Wall

Environment & Energy, Immigration, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Tax Reform: Uncovering the Backroom Deals

Budget, Taxes & the Economy, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Trump’s Mismanagement of North American Trade Negotiations

Consumer and Worker Protections, Trade & Industry, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Insider Access at the Department of Education

Education, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Health Care: Repeal, Replace, and Sabotage

Health Care, Policy & Regulations

The Trump Administration’s Attempts to Weaken Affirmative Action

Civil Rights, Consumer and Worker Protections, Policy & Regulations

EPA’s Chemical Industry Agenda

Environment & Energy, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations