Following decades of presidential administrations refusing to enforce our immigration laws, Americans are deeply concerned about the integrity of our immigration system. Most recently, the American people have been forced to endure years of executive branch officials proactively undermining immigration enforcement, enacting policies that encourage mass illegal immigration, and outright disregarding the laws duly enacted by Congress. Compounding this crisis, some state and local public officials – many of whom were empowered by the federal government’s own indifference to the rule of law – have been actively working to thwart enforcement of our immigration laws by instituting dangerous sanctuary policies and refusing to cooperate with federal authorities. The result is a great need throughout the 

U.S. for an advocate who stands with Americans impacted by mass migration and the failure to enforce existing laws.

That's where IRLI comes in! IRLI uses public records laws to hold unscrupulous politicians accountable to the rule of law. IRLI further uses public records laws to educate the American public regarding the harmful impact of uncontrolled immigration on national security, jobs, education, health care, and our environment.


The following is a list of just some of the federal agencies with whom IRLI has filed Freedom of Information Act requests:


  • Department of Agriculture – Forest Service

  • Department of Education

  • Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families – Office of Refugee Resettlement

  • Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection

  • Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  • Department of Homeland Security – Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

  • Department of Homeland Security – Privacy Office

  • Drug Enforcement Administration

  • Department of Interior – National Park Service

  • Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division

  • Department of Justice – Executive Office for Immigration Review

  • Department of Justice – Office of Legal Counsel

  • Department of Labor

  • Department of State

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Social Security Administration


IRLI’s reports on the documents obtained have resulted in national media attention and public action to put a stop to the waste, fraud, abuse or dereliction of duty uncovered, making IRLI a national leader in immigration-related investigations. To see examples of IRLI investigations, click here.

IRLI is a supporting organization of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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