DHS Can't Dodge FOIA Suit Over Asylum Assessments

Law360 (August 27, 2018, 5:20 PM EDT) -- A D.C. federal court on Friday ruled that a group of asylum seekers and a charity organization can move forward with their claims — but not as a class — that the government violated the Freedom of Information Act by illegally withholding case assessments written by asylum officers.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton found that Catholic Charities USA, which filed FOIA requests on behalf of multiple asylum applicants, had shown enough evidence that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had a policy of denying all FOIA requests for those officer assessments without evaluating whether the relevant portions could be separated....

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