Topic: Immigration

Anti-Immigration Opportunism in the Coronavirus Response

July 7, 2020
Under the guise of fighting the pandemic, the Trump administration is carrying out some of its most restrictive anti-immigration measures yet. While their efficacy in preventing further spread of the coronavirus is debatable at best, what is certain is that the restrictions have long been desired by the president and administration officials.

Conditions in Migrant Detention Centers

July 5, 2020
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 the Trump administration’s hardline anti-immigration stance.

Complaint: Ryo v. DHS and USCIS – Naturalization Data

July 1, 2020
Lawsuit filed by Emily Ryo, represented by American Oversight, against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for agencies’ naturalization data.

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.

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.

American Oversight Sues ICE for Records of Detention Center Complaints

June 18, 2020
As cases surge in immigration detention facilities, American Oversight is suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records related to grievances filed at various centers since March.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DHS and ICE – Filed Detention Facility Grievances Since March 2020

June 18, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for records concerning filed grievances at six detention center facilities since March 2020, including grievance logs and documents reflecting grievance-related final adjudications or written responses made by ICE personnel or ICE contractors.