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Hawaii joins states suing DHS

Updated: 
October 17, 2017 - 4:06pm

HONOLULU — Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin joined a coalition of 10 attorneys general in suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday for its failure to respond to a request for information relating to the detention and deportation of immigrants.

In June, the same 10 attorneys general issued Freedom of Information Act requests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In the initial request, the attorneys general referenced local and national media reports of the deportation of people approved for DACA, people meeting with federal immigration officials to discuss their status, and even the deportation of U.S. citizens.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, alleges that the states are requesting records to which they have a legal right and that the agencies listed above have not responded to the requests as required by law.

The information the attorneys general seek include the detention and deportation of individuals approved for DACA and immigration enforcement at sensitive locations — which include hospitals and school grounds. Some of the specific information the attorneys general have requested include information about the detention or deportation of any person previously granted approval or extension of DACA, data about detainers requests issued by ICE or CBP, memos related to ICE or CBP-designated sensitive locations, and information about arrests or detentions of people within 100 feet of a courthouse.

Led by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and joined by Hawaii, the other members of the coalition seeking this information include the attorneys general of California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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