FOIA suit ends happily for immigration lawyer

From Courthouse News Service: SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Immigration officials will no longer fight a lawyer who claimed that quality representation hinged on accessing the notes asylum officers took on his clients.

San Francisco-based immigration attorney Jeffrey Martins sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its director, Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano under the Freedom of Information Act. While immigration officials made good on some of Martins’ recent requests, they specifically withheld the notes officers took at asylum interviews, contained in alien records known as “A-files.”

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