Questions Linger Over Immigration Agencies’ FOIA Response

A Louisiana federal judge declined to say Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and other government agencies skirted their obligations after an immigration lawyer’s Freedom of Information Act request, but said some questions remained unanswered.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson Jr. recommended denial of two motions for summary judgement in a suit filed by Michael W. Gahagan, an attorney at The Immigration Law Firm of New Orleans.

Gahagan has alleged the government violated the law when it refused to turn over certain documents from the immigration file of a man he is representing. His motions sought declaratory and injunctive relief, including an order that CBP and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hand over paperwork not exempt from FOIA requests.  Continue>>>