ACLU urges NY judge to force release of documents

AP News
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 4:08 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has urged a federal judge in New York to force the U.S. government to quickly turn over documents it needs to help reform a system in which thousands of immigrants are detained for months or years.

The ACLU says people are subject to "prolonged" detention as their immigration statuses are reviewed. It sent a letter to Judge Richard Berman on Thursday, a day after government lawyers insisted they needed 15 months to deliver 385 out of 22,000 files.

The ACLU says the government's request to delay turning over documents is a last-minute attempt to avoid its obligations under the judge's orders and the Freedom of Information Act.

The ACLU sued in Manhattan federal court in 2011 seeking documents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.