Open the Government Leads “Immigration FOIA-thon” at Colorado Migrahack 2019

Immigration enforcement often takes place in the shadows, due to secretive and unaccountable government actions. Open the Government believes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be an antidote to the deeply entrenched secrecy surrounding an immigration enforcement system that has allowed for the proliferation of unaccountable and abusive government policies and practices.

For example, documents OTG uncovered using FOIA definitively proved the Department of Homeland Security had a policy of “zero tolerance” that led to the family separation policy at the border. To help shine more light on the immigration system, OTG will offer a training at the Colorado Migrahack 2019 happening September 27-28 to empower advocates, journalists, students and other interested communities to use Federal and State laws such as FOIA to uncover facts about the interplay between local governments and the broader immigration framework.

The workshop will be held on Friday, September 27 from 10:30-12:30 at the University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E. Evans Ave. Room 301. Participants will work together to determine what type of data or records would be most useful for their work, then collectively create and file information requests seeking the information.

Importantly, OTG will remain involved after the training, acting as a clearinghouse to track information requests, helping with appeals, and analyzing responses.

To RSVP for the FOIA workshop, email mfjs@du.edu. For questions related to OTG’s involvement in the Colorado Migrahack 2019, send an email to fmartinez@openthegovernment.org.

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