Friday, June 16, 2017

BREAKING: New Lawsuit Seeking Trump Administration Plans/Analyses/Etc For Arizona's Portion of Border Wall

The new watchdog group American Oversight filed a FOIA lawsuit today to obtain government plans and analyses regarding the border wall that President Donald Trump made a cornerstone of last year's campaign. The suit is partly focused on Arizona's portion of the border that would be on land that is part of the Tohono O'odham nation.
(NBC News)

The news release from American Oversight highlights the Freedom of Information Act requests that it is seeking to enforce, including these regarding the sovereign Tohono O'odham portion:

  • DOI: Communications and analysis from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) related to the wall’s impact on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • DHS: Communications from DHS with, and related to, the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • DHS: Analysis of the impact of the border wall on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
The communications include any contacts the federal government has had with the Tohono O'odham Nation or its lobbyists. The Nation has one of the largest lobbying contracts in Washington, although until recently, much of that was focused on the battle to open up the heavily contested casino west of Phoenix.

Here is the specific part of the Complaint dealing with the Tohono O'odham portion. (The rest of the complaint can be found here):

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