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NIJC's Transparency Project holds the U.S. government accountable for upholding the rights of immigrants by seeking information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) about the obscure U.S. immigration detention and enforcement systems. Below are FOIA requests currently pending regarding ICE facility contracts, inspections, and bond determinations related to the bed quota, as well as Department of Justice hearing procedures for detained immigrants.

 

Executive Office for Immigration Review Removal Hearings Policies

Filed in April 2017, this request seeks records regarding recently announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) which are purportedly aimed at expediting the removal of immigrants.

Requesting records from the DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review relating to:

  • the “details” of immigration judges to new hearing locations
  • how the new policies have affected immigration court dockets
  • status of the hiring of new immigration judges
  • new policies regarding implementation of hearings, including appearance of witnesses
  • contracts and subcontracts between the DOJ and the eight detention centers designated as new hearing locations
  • access to legal counsel at those facilities
  • the expansion of the Institutional Hearing Program

Download the request (PDF)

 

Immigration Detention Facility Contracts

 

Filed in March 2017, this request seeks to update the collection of contracts obtained through NIJC's 2011-2015 FOIA litigation and ICE's December 2015 detention facility list.

Requesting the following records from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

1. A list of all facilities used by ICE to detain individuals in its custody, current as of the date of response to this request, including information about the facility's size, type of contract, demographics, and other information.

2. The most current and complete contract modification or addendum between the facility and DHS, ICE or U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) for 25 facilities for whose contracts obtained through the NIJC's original FOIA request were incomplete. (For the list of facilities, download a PDF of the full request.)

3. The original complete contracts, including modifications and addenda, for facilities that have newly gone into service since NIJC's original FOIA request, or whose contracts were missing from the government's response to that request. (For the list of facilities, download a PDF of the full request.)

F.  All complete subcontracts between state or local facilities that have contracts with DHS, ICE or USMS, and any private entities for the purpose of housing noncitizens in ICE custody.

4. All complete contracts between DHS and a private entity to house noncitizens in Contract Detention Facilities (CDFs), including all complete subcontracts to provide services for CDF facilities, including guard, food, phone, medical and transportation services.

5. For ICE Service Processing Centers (SPCs), all complete contracts or subcontracts between DHS or ICE and any private entity to provide services including guard, food, phone, medical and transportation services.

6. For the period January 2014 through the present, all bid solicitation requests issued by the DHS, ICE or any entity with authorization  to solicit bids for the purposes of securing bed space to detain individuals in DHS custody.

Download the request (PDF)

 

Immigration Detention Facility Inspection Reports

Pending since May 2016, this request seeks to update the collection of inspections obtained through NIJC's 2011-2015 FOIA litigation.

Requesting the following records from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

1. All inspections and reports, including attachments, work plans, Form G-324A, and any other materials generated pursuant to ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Office (ERO) inspections for all facilities housing more than 50 noncitizens in ICE custody for FY2013 through FY2016

2. All inspections and reports generated pursuant to Organizational Self-Review Assessments (ORSAs) for all facilities housing less than 50 noncitizens in ICE custody for FY2013 through FY2016

3. For facilities that are subject to both ERO and ORSA inspections due to fluctuating populations, please provide both ERO and ORSA reports, inspections and all other materials generated pursuant to both types of inspections for any given facility for FY2013 through FY2016.

Download the request (PDF)

 

ICE Detention Bed Quota & Bond Determinations

Pending since July 2014

Requesting the following records from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

1. any Records concerning the setting and calculation of bond amounts for detainees in ICE’s San Antonio and Seattle AORs from July 2, 2014 to the present, including but not limited to all communications (e.g., transmittals, letters, emails, memoranda, and reports, instructions, and summaries) related thereto

2. any Records dated between July 2, 2014 and the present which set out or reflect approved policies, guidelines, or procedures for maintaining and/or filling (i) a level of not less than 33,400 detention beds and/or (ii) a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds, including all communications (e.g., transmittals, letters, emails, memoranda, and reports, instructions, and summaries) related thereto (such as to, from, or within ICE headquarters, an ICE field office, or an ICE AOR)

3. any Records dated between July 2, 2014 and the present which set out or reflect an assessment of compliance with any statutory requirement for maintaining and/or
filling (i) a level of not less than 33,400 detention beds and/or (ii) a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds

4. any Records from July 2, 2014 through the present which set out or reflect approved policies, guidelines, or procedures for appraising the performance of ICE personnel,
Field Offices, or AORs related to maintaining and/or filling beds in detention facilities used to house ICE detainees

5. any Records from July 2, 2014 through the present which set out or reflect approved policies, guidelines, or procedures for requesting and/or setting and/or calculating
bond amounts for apprehended and/or detained individuals based on the presence of vacant beds in an ICE detention facility

View the most recent request, filed in February 2017 after ICE produced documents that were non-responsive to the original request (PDF)