California Files Freedom of Information Act Request in Order to See What’s Going on with ICE

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People participate in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy and the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in New York City, U.S. February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Lawmwakers in California have filed a Freedom of Information Act request in order to see what federal ICE authorities are doing in the state.

As the Huffington Post reports, the request was filed by Democrats California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon. The legislators seek to garner “information about recent Department of Homeland Security policies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement activities.”

The request comes after authorities seem to be cracking down on immigration and enforcement. However, as the two legislators detailed in a statement, little information has been provided regarding the matter despite several requests. This information is especially important in California, which is home to 5.4 million undocumented immigrants, and where nearly half of all children have at least one parent that is an immigrant.

The statement also read,

“When the safety of Californians is at stake, we must demand greater transparency, with the backing of federal courts if necessary. The lives and physical safety of many thousands of Californians —citizens and immigrants, documented and undocumented — depend upon knowing this information.”

While many have said that the raids that have taken place since Trump was inaugurated are “routine,” hundreds of people have been arrested in raids across the country in February alone.

The two legislators demand information on ICE and Department of Homeland Security enforcement in California near what they term to be “sensitive” areas — like hospitals, churches, and schools. They’re also requesting information regarding access to lawyers for those that are detained, as well as the treatment of Dreamers. The lawmakers are also requesting information pertaining to roughly 161 individuals that were detained and deported in a five-day sweep in Los Angeles last month.

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