Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times

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"The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests and monthly closure numbers have not noticeably changed so the rise may reflect management problems in ICE’s FOIA office.

Figure 1. Median Days Unanswered FOIA Requests Still Waiting for Response

Median Days Unanswered FOIA Requests Still Waiting for Response

These results are based upon very current ICE FOIA request-by-request records analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

The numbers are stark. See Figure 1. At the end of March, the median calendar days