FOIA Notes / Human Rights

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part II: The selection of new IFAI commissioners and access to information on migrant rights

Mexico’s Senate is now in the process of selecting the country’s new information commissioners who will be at the center of pivotal transparency and human rights decisions for years to come. The competition is intense, with 158 candidates vying for the seven top positions at the Federal Access to Information Institute (IFAI). Continue reading

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part I: Migrant Rights and the Legacy of the Outgoing IFAI Commissioners
FOIA Notes

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part I: Migrant Rights and the Legacy of the Outgoing IFAI Commissioners

This post was co-authored by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau. Clearing the decks after a recent overhaul of Mexico’s transparency regime, the Mexican Senate last week rejected a request by the current group of Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI) commissioners to remain in their posts until the end of their current terms. Beginning in May, the … Continue reading

INM Defies IFAI; Still Has No Record of Meeting with Top U.S. Migration Official
FOIA Notes

INM Defies IFAI; Still Has No Record of Meeting with Top U.S. Migration Official

Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) cannot locate a single document or electronic record relating to a 2008 meeting between INM commissioner, Cecilia Romero, and the U.S. State Department official in charge of monitoring and combating human trafficking. INM continues to declare the “non-existence” of such records despite an exhaustive, 44-page ruling from the country’s information commissioners … Continue reading

Mexico Fusion Center: NSA Refuses to Acknowledge “Existence or Non-existence” of Documents on U.S. Intelligence Facility
FOIA Notes / Intelligence

Mexico Fusion Center: NSA Refuses to Acknowledge “Existence or Non-existence” of Documents on U.S. Intelligence Facility

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) refuses to acknowledge its involvement in a Top Secret U.S. intelligence facility in Mexico City, despite previously declassified information describing its role. The NSA issued the “Glomar” denial in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request we filed last year. The agency did so even after we … Continue reading

FOIA NOTES: Call for Border Patrol to Use Restraint against Rock Throwers Censored from DHS Report
FOIA Notes / Use of Force

FOIA NOTES: Call for Border Patrol to Use Restraint against Rock Throwers Censored from DHS Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) censored part of an internal report calling on U.S. Border Patrol agents to exercise restraint in confrontations with rock throwers at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an article published in today’s Washington Post. First published by the DHS inspector general in September 2013 with significant redactions, a complete copy of … Continue reading

FOIA NOTES: Declassified U.S. Cable Cited in Decision to Overturn Migration Institute’s “Inexistence” Claim
FOIA Notes

FOIA NOTES: Declassified U.S. Cable Cited in Decision to Overturn Migration Institute’s “Inexistence” Claim

Citing information in a declassified U.S. State Department cable, Mexico’s information commissioners have overturned a determination by the country’s National Migration Institute (INM) that it did not have records on the 2008 visit of Ambassador Mark Lagon, then the top U.S. official in charge of monitoring and combating human trafficking. The case stems from a … Continue reading

FOIA NOTES: U.S., Mexico Clashed over Deportation Program
Deportation / FOIA Notes

FOIA NOTES: U.S., Mexico Clashed over Deportation Program

Mexico and the United States disagreed over important aspects of a controversial U.S. deportation program, according to the declassified minutes of a 2011 bilateral meeting involving officials from both sides of the border. The meeting focused on Mexico’s complaints about the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP), through which the U.S. attempts to disrupt repeated attempts … Continue reading