Entity: DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Investigations Update: Trump Administration’s Occupation of Portland, CDC Hospital Data, and the Republican Convention

July 21, 2020
Our latest investigations into allegations of misconduct at the State Department, the federal occupation of U.S. cities, and the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf gives an interview on July 16 in Las Vegas

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Regarding Political Appointees Converting to Career Status

July 20, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking SF-50s for political appointees converting to career status, as well as records to identify requests and responses from OPM regarding passing over preference eligibles.

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Escalation of Aggression Against Portland Protesters

July 17, 2020
The federal government’s aggressive response to the past month and a half of protests escalated to a frightening new level this week.
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Ore., on June 4, 2020 (Photo: Matthew Roth)

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to Federal Police, Use of Force Guidelines, and Deployment Orders at Protests

July 17, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records reflecting directives and guidance given to federal police forces regarding self-identification and display of badges and uniforms, use of force guidelines, or deployment orders.

Investigations Update: Family Separation, Unmarked Law Enforcement, and Trump’s Campaign Rallies

June 30, 2020
Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests and Freedom of Information Act litigation in the last week.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to Unidentified Federal Police, Use of Force Guidelines, and Deployment Orders at Protests

June 25, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records reflecting directives and guidance given to federal police forces regarding self-identification and display of badges and uniforms, use of force guidelines, or deployment orders.

American Oversight Sues ICE for Family-Separation Memos

June 24, 2020
Our investigation into the Trump administration’s family-separation policy has uncovered evidence of chaos, confusion, and obfuscation surrounding the policy's planning and implementation.

American Oversight v. DHS and ICE – Requested Memos on Family Separation

June 24, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for policy memos regarding enforcement, zero tolerance, or family separation. The records were referenced in an email sent by ICE’s then-chief of staff Thomas Blank in late January 2019.

American Oversight v. DHS and ICE – Requested Memos on Family Separation

June 24, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for policy memos regarding enforcement, zero tolerance, or family separation. The records were referenced in an email sent by ICE’s then-chief of staff Thomas Blank in late January 2019.

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

June 19, 2020
The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.