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Judicial Watch Sues Obama Administration for Records about Citizenship Push for Immigrants

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Administration Withholding Documents on Diverting Money from Immigration Enforcement to Election Year “New Americans” Program

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records related to letters sent by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to current green card holders urging individuals to become naturalized U.S. citizens prior to the 2016 election (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (No. 1:15-cv-01702)).  The lawsuit was filed on October 16, 2015.

In April 2015, President Obama’s “White House Task Force on New Americans,” issued a strategic action plan to help millions of green card holders become U.S. citizens.  Immigration Services is reportedly reallocating vast resources away from its “Electronic Immigration System,” a computerized system designed to facilitate national security and criminal background checks, to a campaign of letters to all nine million green card holders urging them to naturalize before the 2016 election.  The Obama administration push includes federal funding for leftist groups that advocate for illegal aliens and amnesty.

On May 14, 2015, Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Immigration Services asking for

  • Records related to letters sent by [Immigration Services] to current green card holders urging such individuals to become naturalized U.S. citizens prior to the 2016 election, including, but not limited to, memoranda, guidance, and/or instructions provided to [Immigration Services] staff regarding such letters and records of [Immigration Services] funds allocated to such efforts.

Judicial Watch sued after the agency failed to respond to the request as required by the federal Freedom of Information Act.



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