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Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 2)

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Muslim Advocates filed this federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) seeking information regarding the agency’s border search processes and procedures as they relate to travelers who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim.

In March 2017, Muslim Advocates, in conjunction with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request with DHS, following reports that DHS was—and may continue to—subject travelers who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim (including U.S. citizens) to discriminatory procedures at the border. In particular, this request sought documents and information concerning DHS’s reported revocation of certain individuals’ Trusted Traveler program memberships following the issuance of the Muslim Ban.

After receiving no documents from DHS in response to the FOIA request, and after timely exhausting all of its remedies, Muslim Advocates, along with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center and the law firm of Jenner & Block, filed this lawsuit to compel DHS to respond to its FOIA request.


Date filed: May 3, 2017

Court(s):  United States District Court for the District of Columbia

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