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ICE seeks to destroy records relating to immigrant abuse in detention centers

  1. Date Announced

    July 14, 2017

    ICE formally seeks approval from the National Archives and Records Administration to destroy "[r]ecords related to detainees, including incidents of sexual abuse and assault, escapes, deaths while in agency custody, telephone rates charged to detainees, alternatives to detention, logs and reports on status of detainees and detention facilities, and location and segregation of detainees." [ID #859]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    March 16, 2020

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sues to halt destruction of detainee records.

    Complaint: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. National Archives & Records Administration
  4. Subsequent Action

    March 25, 2020

    National Archives/ICE and CREW stipulate that ICE will not destroy relevant detainee records while litigation is pending.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    Stipulation: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. National Archives & Records Administration

Commentary

Don't Like the Data? ICE Calls for Destruction of Immigrant Abuse Documentation

Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU National Prison Project, writes, “This may seem like a run-of-the-mill government request for record-keeping efficiency. It isn’t. An entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights and constitutional abuses is at stake.”

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AILA, ACLU and 7 other immigrant advocacy groups submitted a comment expressing concerns regarding ICE's document destruction proposal.

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Website: CREW sues NARA to halt ICE destruction of detainee records

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington website describes progress in suit to stop destruction of ICE records on abuse of detainees.

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