Feds Say Immigration Databases Are Off-Limits In FOIA Suit

By Kelly Knaub (January 29, 2015, 3:35 PM EST) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge Wednesday to deny a quick win in a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking access to immigration databases, arguing that the data are exempt from disclosure.

The two plaintiffs, statistics professor Susan B. Long and journalist and research professor David Burnham, argued in a November brief that the two agencies failed to demonstrate that the withheld records are exempt under Exemption 7(E), but the agencies replied that the plaintiffs' challenges to the FOIA provision are mistaken and that they lack the personal knowledge regarding...

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