Immigration advocates demand information regarding ICE's massive fines

February 26, 2020

Four organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against federal officials who have levied unprecedented six-figure fines against asylum-seeking women in sanctuary churches nationwide, and subsequently refused to provide information that explains why.

Amid an ongoing week of action led by a collective of immigrants in sanctuary across the U.S., Austin Sanctuary Network, Free Migration Project, Grassroots Leadership, and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Southern District of New York. According to the advocates, these federal agencies have failed to produce any documents in response to their September 2019 Freedom of Information Act request.