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ICE subpoenas BuzzFeed, demands journalists reveal sources

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 1, 2020

    BuzzFeed reports that on Dec. 1, ICE Office of Professional Responsibility issued a subpoena to BuzzFeed requesting sources of leaked emails that ICE attorneys sent in relation to "a fast-track deportation program and plans to fine certain undocumented immigrants."

    [ID #1221]

  2. Effective Date

    December 1, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: ICE


  • 2020.12.04

    From the article: "The subpoena, issued on Dec. 1 by an agent with the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, concerns emails sent to ICE attorneys on a fast-track deportation program and plans to fine certain undocumented immigrants. It demands that BuzzFeed News “provide all documentation including, but not limited to: (1) date of receipt, (2) method of receipt, (3) source of document, and (4) contact information for the source of the document.”

    The subpoena states that BuzzFeed News should produce the records to an ICE agent in Virginia by Dec. 22.

    “Failure to comply with this summons will render you liable to proceedings in a U.S. District Court to enforce compliance with this summons as well as other sanctions,” the document sent to BuzzFeed News reads. “You are requested not to disclose the existence of this summons for an indefinite period of time. Any such disclosure will impede this investigation and thereby interfere with the enforcement of federal law.”"

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