Government watchdog Judicial Watch said it’s filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, accusing the agency of stonewalling and failing to provide records on 36,000 criminal illegal immigrants who were released from government detention.
The illegals were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in 2013. Judicial Watch said it requested information pertaining to the cases months ago, but didn’t receive a reply by the deadline.
So the group launched a lawsuit, announced this week.
Specifically, Judicial Watch wanted all communications “to or from personnel in the office of the principal deputy assistant secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement” between the dates of May 1 and May 15. The requested information was aimed at understanding why ICE freed 36,007 criminal aliens who were awaiting deportation proceedings — aliens who had committed the likes of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, Judicial Watch said in a statement.