Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Presses the U.S. National Archivist on Record Preservation

A nonprofit legal watchdog on Friday asked the national archivist to investigate the reported disappearance and destruction of records linking immigrant families separated at the border.

The request was prompted by a July 5 New York Times report, which said that Customs and Border Protection officials had deleted records with family identification numbers in hundreds of cases, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials who spoke to the Times anonymously.

DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman denied that the agency had destroyed any such records.

It remains unclear how many children have been taken from their parents at the border under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said Thursday there could be nearly 3,000 separated children in the agency’s custody, including about 100 under the age of five.

You can read more in an article by Britain Eakin in the Courthouse News Service at:



If they aren’t destroying records – well, my question is “did they even make the records in the first place?” I will now refrain from using any further words I would like to use to describe this whole situation.


If they had proper records, they would not need DNA testing. Those poor families.
“Late Thursday, the government asked for an extension of those court-mandated deadlines to continue DNA testing and ensuring familial relations before reuniting separated families.”


David Paul Davenport July 7, 2018 at 4:27 pm

The National Archivist is has no legal responsibility for records that have not been transferred to the Archives. Why is this “nonprofit legal watchdog” wasting its resources pursuing this matter with the Archives when the proper venue is a FOIA to Homeland Security and IHHS


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