ACLU of North Carolina Files FOIA on Execution of Trump’s Immigration Ban
RALEIGH — The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request today with its local U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in Atlanta, GA to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s unconstitutional immigration ban. The filing today is part of a coordinated effort from four ACLU affiliates in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Nationwide, fifty ACLU affiliates have filed eighteen FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning fifty-five international airports across the country.
“President Trump’s unconstitutional immigration ban has disrupted people's lives and spread fear and uncertainty throughout our communities. It is more important than ever for immigration and customs officials to be accountable to the public,” said Irena Como, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of North Carolina.
Media reports indicate that CBP officials detained and deported individuals, even after federal courts ordered officials to stop enforcing the Trump executive order through a petition from the ACLU and other organizations. In Georgia, a CNN producer was detained at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, despite being a permanent legal resident and having the proper paperwork.
“It is imperative that the public learn if federal immigration officials are blatantly defying nationwide federal court orders that discontinue President Trump’s unconstitutional immigration ban,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “To shed light on this critical issue of pressing public concern, fifty ACLU affiliates are using the Freedom of Information Act to expose Customs and Border Protection’s abuse of power.”
The Trump administration has yet to inform the public of how many refugees, visa holders, and legal permanent residents have been affected by this unlawful action. In North Carolina, thirty- seven refugees scheduled to resettle in Charlotte this month were banned from entering the country.
The following ACLU affiliates participated in this coordinated FOIA filing:
ACLU of Georgia
ACLU of North Carolina
ACLU of South Carolina
ACLU of West Virginia
The ACLU of North Carolina FOIA filing can be found here:
Request Under Freedom of Information Act
The national FOIA filings can be found here: