DENVER– A Colorado federal court judge has ruled that immigration and customs officials violated federal law by refusing to release documents about people who are not citizens.
The Denver Post reports that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement used the rule to deny the release of records hundreds of times between 2017 and 2019.
The court ordered ICE to change its nationwide procedure and comply with the Freedom of Information Act. Authorities say an attorney requested documents about her client in 2013, but ICE refused to release them because the client was deemed a fugitive. ICE officials say the documents could help people evade immigration enforcement.