Court Provides DHS One “Final” Opportunity to Adequately Explain Reasons for Withholding Documents
Green Mountain Scribes
Washington, DC – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling on January 27, 2012, criticizing the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for failing to abide by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law in a Judicial Watch lawsuit seeking records related to the agency’s policy of suspending some illegal aliendeportations (Judicial Watch v The Department of Homeland Security ( No. 11-00604)).
Judicial Watch filed its original FOIA request with DHS on August 30, 2010, and subsequent lawsuit on March 23, 2011, after the DHS stonewalled the release of records. The Obama administration filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the lawsuit on August 4, 2011, asking the court to end Judicial Watch’s lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted DHS’s motion regarding some select records, but also denied the motion in part and chastised the agency for its inadequate explanations as to why it was withholding certain documents…
…The Obama administration’s campaign to suspend the deportations of most illegal aliens has been subject to intense scrutiny since 2010, when the press uncovered a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services memo that contemplated various “administrative alternatives” to bypass Congress and implement stealth amnesty for illegal aliens. A subsequent Houston Chronicle story exposed an effort by the administration to suspend the deportations of illegal aliens who supposedly have not been convicted of any “serious” crimes…
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