Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed suit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeking records related to procedures for worksite enforcement activities conducted during the Obama administration. IRLI attorneys filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as ICE has failed to produce the requested records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
ICE has operated under a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor regarding law enforcement activities at worksites. The information sought in the lawsuit seeks records related to the MOU, including: records on the number of instances when ICE thwarted attempts by other parties to manipulate its worksite enforcement activities for illicit or improper purposes; records on the number of tips and leads the agency has received concerning worksite enforcement activities motivated by labor dispute issues; records on the number of visas issued to, recommended for, or sought on behalf of witnesses covered in the MOU; and records of communications between upper-level management at ICE, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.