Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

FOIA Request Reveals Internal Documents on DACA

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Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia writes: "In Fall 2012 I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with DHS seeking records pertaining to the agency's implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, among other items.  DHS provided me with a formal response on March 4, 2013.  I received roughly 406 readable pages of internal memoranda and guidance used by DHS to implement DACA.  Specifically, the FOIA Request yielded:

• National Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, prepared by Service Center Operations Directorate, September 13, 2012 (p. 1-140 with Appendices)

• Training Module for Immigration Officers about DACA

• Training Module on Responding to DACA Related Requests through the Service Request