Earlier this evening, Andrew Free and I filed a suit on behalf of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee against US Customs and Border Protection in connection with a Freedom of Information Act request we made early last month. We were seeking information on reports of dozens of Muslim-Americans and green card holders who had their Global Entry status revoked since the presidential election without any explanation. The complaint can be found here.
The Mic.com reported on the suit.
The suit is seeking to force CBP to provide the following items requested by a FOIA filing from March:
a. All agency records relating to each revocation, suspension, or termination of Global Entry System (GES) participation from November 9, 2016 to the date of the agency’s response to this request;
b. All agency records showing the annual total of revocations, suspensions, or terminations of (GES) permissions between January 1, 2012 and November 8, 2016.
c. All agency records showing reversal or confirmation of CBP’s GES revocation decisions by the CBP Ombudsman’s office;
d. Any agency policy, practice, memorandum, training, guidance, communication, or other similar record created on or after November 9, 2017 relating to the suspension, revocation, or termination of GES;
e. Any agency policy practice, memorandum, training, communication or other similar record created on or after November 9, 2016 that alters, modifies, or in any way affects CBP’s prior practices and policies with respect to GES screening, investigation, or revocation; and
f. Any agency records created on or after November 9, 2016 relating to operation or functioning of the GES program containing any of the following the words or phrases, whether in their singular or plural forms: “Muslim”, “Arab”, “Ban”, “Muslim Ban”, or “Travel Ban.”