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Advocacy, Archives & Records


Migration, Immigration, & Diaspora


United States

The AHA signed on to a letter drafted by Open the Government to Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas requesting the withdrawal and reevaluation of the Department of Homeland Security records schedules authorizing the destruction of records of abuse, neglect, and misconduct. On March 12, 2021, a federal judge invalidated one of these records schedules, ruling that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) failed to evaluate the long-term interests in the ICE records expressed by members of Congress, advocacy organizations, historians, and others. DHS and NARA are now considering their next steps, both in this case and with respect to other DHS records destruction schedules.