State and Local Immigration Links
- Customs and Border Protection, www.cbp.gov
- Citizenship and Immigration Service, www.uscisc.gov
- Department of Homeland Security, www.dhs.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement, www.ice.gov
- Statistical Yearbook, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/yearbook.shtm
Mexico and Central America
- Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Mexico, www.cndh.org.mx
- Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior, www.ime.gob.mx
- Jesuit Migrants' Services, www.sejemi.org/site/home.php
- Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, www.sre.gob.mx
- Sin Fronteras, www.sinfonteras.org.mx/
- Brookings Institution, www.brookings.edu
- Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego, http://www.ccis-uscd.org
- Immigration Policy Center, AILA’s Foundation, www.ailf.org
- Inter-American Development Bank, www.iadb.org
- Migration Policy Institute, www.migrationpolicy.org
- Pew Hispanic Center, www.pewhispanic.org
- TRAC immigration project, Syracuse . http://trac.syr.edu/tracdhs/index.html
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, www.aila.org
- ACLU, National Immigration Project, www.aclu.org
- Bender’s Immigration Bulletin Daily Edition, www.bibdaily.com
- National Immigration Law Center, www.nilc.org
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce, www.uschamber.com
Advocates, favoring restrictions
- Americans for Legal Immigration, www.alipac.us
- Center of Immigration Studies, www.cis.org
- Federation for American Immigration Reform, www.fairus.org
- Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, www.minutemanhq.com, g
- Minuteman Project, www.minutemanproject.com
- NumbersUSA, www.numbersusa.org
Advocates, favoring legalization
- Asian American Justice Center, www.advancingequality.org,
- Catholic Charities USA, www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
- Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, www.cair.com
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, www.maldef.org
- National Council of La Raza, www.nclr.org
- National Immigration Forum, www.immigrationforum.org
- Puerto Rican Legal-Defense-Education-Fund, www.prldef.org
- America's Voice, www.americasvoiceonline.org
Freedom of Information Act
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, www.rcfp.org
- Yale Law School, Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/MFIA.htm
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Freedom of Information On Both Sides of the Border
Putlizer Prize-winning journalist Martha Mendoza has reported extensively in the United States and Mexico. She offers these tips for navigating the bureaucracies:
United States FOIA: Make requests directly to through each agency's website
Three tips for using US FOIA from Mexico
1. Email if you can. If not, fax. Call the agency if they say you have to mail your request and explain that "mail is unreliable" in Mexico.
2. Ask for your responses to come in electronic format.
3. You do not need to be a US citizen to make a request.
A few favorite U.S. agencies to FOIA for immigration issues:
Treasury Department (www.treasury.gov)
What to ask for: seized assets, repatriated cash, money laundering investigations
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (www.uscis.gov)
What to ask for: someone's immigration file, changes in policy, enforcement practices
State Department (www.state.gov)
What to ask for: Merida spending, embassy correspondence, treaty reports
Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov)
What to ask for: disciplinary cases, private firm contracts, correspondence with Mexico
Customs and Border Protection (www.cbp.gov)
What to ask for: incident reports, violent assault data, corruption cases
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (www.ice.gov)
What to ask for: private firm contracts, incarceration mortality rates, seizure data
Executive Office for Immigration Review
What to ask for: asylum statistics, discipline case files
Three tips for using Mexico FOIA from US.
1. Check your Infomex site weekly; they don't tell you when responses are in.
2. Be patient with the online interface. It's buggy and slow.
3. You do not need to be a Mexican citizen to make a request.
A few favorite Mexican agencies to FOIA for investigating the border:
National Insitute of Public Health (El Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica)
What to ask for: tuberculosis rates, binational public health issues
What to ask for: immigration data, talking points on immigration
Ministry of Defense (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional)
What to ask for: immigration and customs training, immigration security
Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público)
What to ask for: repatriated currency, correspondence with Treasury, banking policies
Ministry of Foreign Relations (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores)
Attorney General (Procuraduria General de la Republica)
What to ask for: prosecution and conviction rates, seized weapons, forensics
Politics & Money: Follow the Trail
Here are some examples of how to access information about political donations:
What assets does Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) have?
www.legistorm.com → John Sullivan → Financial Disclosures → Sullivan, Rep. John (-OK) → 2010 - Annual (What about earmarks?)
Who funded Sen. Tom Coburn’s campaign?
Who funded Arizona Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard’s campaign?
www.az.gov → government → State Agency Directory → R-Z → Secretary of State → Candidate Campaign Finances → campaign finances → Search the Financial Reporting Database → Race Type: Legislative → Scott Bundgaard
Who is lobbying and donating on behalf of the Birthright Citizenship Bill?
www.opencongress.org → bills → HR140 → moneytrail
Who is leading the Federation for American Immigration Reform and how much are they paid?
http://www.guidestar.org → Federation for American Immigration Reform → Forms 990s and Docs → 2009 Form 990