The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, sued the USDA Forest Service, seeking records related to data on the effect of illegal immigration on federal lands managed by the Service. IRLI attorneys filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as the Forest Service has failed to produce the requested records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The high number of illegal crossings over many years along our southern border has had a negative environmental impact on the land in that area. IRLI’s lawsuit seeks to obtain records that give detail to that impact. The information requested includes the amount of Forest Service-managed lands that have been closed to the public since fiscal year 2015; estimates on the number of illegal border-crossers into two national forests since 2011; resource damage and wildlife costs caused by illegal campfires since 2013 on properties managed by the Forest Service; estimates on the amount of trash removed from each Service-managed property; and the number and annual cost estimates of law enforcement officers stationed at each Service-managed property.