Written by Ashton Snyder on
 April 26, 2024

Biden's ICE Faces Lawsuit for Concealing Identities of Arrested Illegal Aliens

Legal action has been initiated against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Biden administration for allegedly withholding crucial information.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a lawsuit accusing ICE of not disclosing its procedures for revealing or concealing the identities of arrested criminal illegal aliens in their press releases, as Breitbart reports.

Dale Wilcox, executive director of IRLI, expressed frustration after ICE failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by the institute. The request aimed to uncover the criteria ICE uses to decide whether to disclose identities in its communications to the public.

Decreased Transparency in ICE Communications Noted

IRLI's own investigation highlighted a significant drop in the transparency of ICE's press releases. Under the Trump administration, the agency named criminal illegal aliens in approximately 97% of cases. This figure has plummeted to 67% since President Biden took office.

This shift has raised concerns among transparency advocates and the general public alike. Notable examples include cases involving serious criminal offenders from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, whose names were withheld by ICE, as well as a Brazilian national charged with rape in Massachusetts, all of whom remained anonymous in recent ICE press releases.

Accusations of Hypocrisy and Secrecy in Administration

Matt O’Brien, a spokesperson involved in the case, criticized the administration's approach. "ICE’s sudden decision to omit the names of alien offenders from press releases appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep the public from determining whether dangerous foreign criminals have been removed from the United States," he stated. He called this action "hypocritical" for an administration that prides itself on transparency.

According to Wilcox, withholding these names serves to obscure the repercussions of the administration's immigration policies. "Not including the names of criminal immigration violators is effectively flushing their cases down the memory hole so that watchdog groups will have a more difficult time holding this White House accountable for their destructive actions," Wilcox remarked.

Public's Right to Transparency Emphasized

The debate over the disclosure of criminal illegal aliens' identities is not just a matter of bureaucratic policy but strikes at the heart of public safety and the right to information. The absence of such information could hinder the ability of communities to fully understand the scope of criminal activity among illegal immigrants.

Both sides of the political aisle express a need for transparency, suggesting that the administration's reluctance to disclose full details may be at odds with the public's right to know. As Wilcox concludes, "The American people deserve transparency on this matter," indicating a broad-based demand for open government practices.

The outcome of this lawsuit may compel ICE to reconsider its approach to handling press releases concerning illegal aliens involved in criminal activities.

Observers suggest that a shift back to greater openness could restore trust and ensure that the public remains adequately informed about who is being arrested and deported from the United States.

In conclusion, this legal battle sheds light on the tensions between immigration enforcement agencies and advocacy groups striving for transparency.

The lawsuit by IRLI against ICE highlights ongoing concerns regarding the openness of government agencies and the public's right to be informed about significant matters affecting community safety and immigration policy.

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