DHS Records Relating to Family Separation from 2017 to 2019

Records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) relating to family separation from 2017 to 2019. These records include communications about credible fear, asylum, and budget concerns, as well as emails regarding visits to detention centers by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley regarding family separation.

Records received in July 2019

Records received August 2019

Page 10Merkley’s visit to a detention facility is referred to as a “Hill Stunt.”

Records received September 2019

Page 425: In an email dated March 28, 2017, John Lafferty, then a high-ranking asylum official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent an email referring to a report on asylum decision trends and factors as the “Hunger Games” report. 

Records received October 2019

Records received November and December 2019

Records received from Jan. 2020 to March 2020
Records received from June 2020