‘This endeavor is especially critical now, when too much misinformation and too many biased studies are contributing to a false narrative…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The federal government is keeping information about illegal immigrants hidden, making it difficult for American voters to understand the full extent of the illegal immigration crisis.
The Center for Immigration Studies, a pro-immigration-reform watchdog, on Tuesday was forced to file a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for documents with information about illegal aliens.
Jessica Vaughan, CIS director of policy studies, said the government data was crucial in order for the center to produce fact-based reports that both policymakers and the public could use to better understand immigration enforcement.
“This endeavor is especially critical now, when too much misinformation and too many biased studies are contributing to a false narrative about immigration enforcement,” Vaughan said.
ICE did not fulfill its obligation to provide documents to CIS within the time frame established by the Freedom of Information Act for the request CIS filed in December 2018.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear the lawsuit, Center for Immigration Studies v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
CIS said in a press release that it requested documents with information about illegal aliens who were deported from the United States between 2014 and 2018.
The lawsuit will obtain information such as “immigration status and charges, location of arrest, country of citizenship, criminal convictions, place of entry, and departure date.”
CIS has tracked deportations since ICE was established in 2003.
ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations releases general information about deportations each year in its removal report, but CIS seeks specifics.
The 2018 removal report revealed that illegal aliens committed more than 400,000 crimes.
Nearly 81,000 illegal aliens arrested in 2018 were charged or convicted of DUIs, about 77,000 were charged or convicted of drug offenses, and almost 51,000 were charged or convicted of assault.