Overview of ILRC’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request

Since 2013, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has been tracking policies dealing with the various ways in which state and local law enforcement is entangled with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in deporting members of immigrant communities. In November 2016, we received data from a FOIA request to DHS that provided details on local jail meetings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) across the country and the levels of assistance state and local jurisdictions were willing to provide to ICE going forward.

Troubled by the Trump administration’s commitment to further blur the line between ICE and state and local policing and to punish jurisdictions that limit their engagement in immigration enforcement, in June 2017 we filed a second FOIA request (click here to read our FOIA request to DHS). In December 2017, we received the results with updated information regarding the ways that counties are willing or unwilling to engage with ICE. Litigation in connection with this second FOIA request is ongoing and we anticipate receiving additional materials.

Because various advocates, academics, and other partners have found the information that we obtained useful for local campaigns, academic research, and getting an in-depth look at how DHS interacts closely with state and local jurisdictions and facilities, we wanted to provide a way to share these documents widely.

Below you can view a downloadable PDF with the various documents that we received from DHS. The table of contents provides a brief description of each document.

To request the underlying raw data of a particular document in non-PDF form, you can email Krsna Avila at kavila [at]