IRLI Sues the Obama Administration for Records Related to Its Unlawful Open-Borders Programs
Holding the Executive Branch Accountable to the Rule of Law
(August 12, 2016 — Washington, D.C.) - On behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit (attached here) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) concerning the Obama Administration’s unlawful amnesty programs and coordination with open-borders lobbyists. (Federation for American Immigration Reform v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Civil No.1:16-cv-01639). The records being sought span eight separate requests, each of which has been unlawfully stonewalled by the agency.
As part of its ongoing effort to cut through mainstream media-bias and educate the American public about the Obama Administration’s ongoing usurpation of our immigration laws, IRLI has requested numerous categories of documents related to the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs, among others. Specifically, IRLI has sought records detailing the funding sources for each program, information confirming the agency’s compliance with the Anti-Deficiency Act, the amount of “limited resources” it’s spent on the programs as well as other items, including new detainee- and illegal alien-complaint hotlines, the number of fee waivers granted to DACA-recipients (reportedly in the thousands), and the time-delays caused to applicants for legal permanent residency.
IRLI has also requested records of reported communications among top officials attacking front-line agents angered by the Administration’s unilateral rewrite of our immigration laws, internal communications with tech-industry lobbyists and open-borders activists, and the agency’s reported guidance on the “reinterpretation” of its alien removal-statistics. It’s hoped much of this information will assist state and local governments and aggrieved members of the American public that wish to challenge the Administration for the giant strains imposed on its communities, labor markets, and school, health care and welfare-budgets due to its ongoing non-enforcement agenda.
IRLI Executive Director, Dale L. Wilcox, commented, “The records we expect to obtain in response to our suit we hope will raise public awareness regarding Obama’s lawless, open-borders policies, and assist states, localities, and the taxpaying-public across the nation who must bear this unfair burden caused by unregulated immigration.” Wilcox continued, “It is the most vulnerable in America, like single moms, minorities, recent immigrants, and working-seniors, that are most affected by the Obama Administration’s unlawful programs and it is these groups that IRLI hopes to educate and empower most.”