October 12, 2017
By Jonah Bennett
Blue states involved in litigation against the Trump administration’s travel ban have consistently blocked public records requests about the amount of taxpayer funds being spent in the ongoing legal fight against the travel ban.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute filed numerous Freedom of Information Act Requests back in March to the state attorneys general in Hawaii and numerous other states, who’ve been fighting the travel ban since February.
The response has been little more than obstruction.
Hawaii, which is fighting the third rendition of the travel ban unveiled Sept. 24, has been more than reticent to release figures on the costs of carrying on litigation for months. IRLI submitted a FOIA on email communication between attorneys in the Hawaii v. Trump case for words like “racist,” “Muslim ban” and “Trump.” In response, the Hawaii AG office denied the public interest fee waiver request and charged $28,396.30 to complete the document search. An appeal of the costs was unsuccessful. … Read the full story by Jonah Bennett.
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