California accuses administration of failure to comply with Freedom of Information Act

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit Oct. 17 against the Trump administration, alleging failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Becerra, along with nine other attorneys general, delivered a letter June 29 to three agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The coalition of attorneys general sought to secure information related to how the Trump administration had changed the way it conducted federal information enforcement. 

According to Becerra’s office, the Trump administration has yet to provide the necessary information as mandated by the FOIA, even after three months.

“Federal authorities have a clear legal obligation to respond to our FOIA request,” Becerra said. “The Trump administration’s secrecy tied to changes in its immigration enforcement practices is sowing confusion and increasing anxiety among immigrants. That’s why we’re asking the administration to be transparent to the public and tell us what it is doing in this area. 

"As attorney general, I am committed to helping inform Californians about how federal policies have actually changed and how those changes affect their rights.”

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