What Is Preachy Pete Hiding? Watchdog Group Sues For Staffers’ Immigration ID Emails

Written by Wes Walker on October 16, 2019

He has a lot of accusations to level at other people, but Judicial Watch has some pointed questions that he seems to be dodging.

Questions about IDs and illegal aliens.

A conservative Washington-based group has sued the Mayor Pete Buttigieg administration and South Bend Common Council, alleging the city has violated Indiana’s public records law by refusing to disclose staff emails related to a program that provides identification cards to undocumented immigrants.

The suit, filed this week in St. Joseph Circuit Court by Judicial Watch, details four denied records requests that the organization filed with the city. The requests sought emails exchanged between various city officials and La Casa de Amistad, the nonprofit Latino advocacy group that issues the cards.

La Casa in December 2016 began issuing the community resident card, branded as “SB ID,” to undocumented immigrants to help them conduct routine daily activities, such as picking up children from school or day care, providing identification to police, obtaining college transcripts, library cards and prescriptions, and clearing background checks needed to volunteer at schools.
Source: SouthBendTribune

They were very pleased with this plan, and the fact that cards were being renewed.

Judicial Watch made some information requests but was stonewalled by increasingly stringent and, they believe, unreasonable requirements on FOIA requests.

But by the end of 2016, the city’s legal team had decided that cardholders’ identities might be disclosable under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act if the city, a public entity, issued the cards, so La Casa agreed to do it instead, Centellas said.

…The lawsuit alleges that Judicial Watch has repeatedly requested the emails, refining its requests as the city imposed more requirements. For example, the suit alleges the city required that requests for emails between city staff and La Casa employees also include the La Casa employees’ email addresses, which is “not supported by APRA or relevant case law.”

Luke Britt, Indiana’s Public Access Counselor, declined to comment on pending litigation. But speaking generally, Britt said he typically advises public entities to disclose requested emails if names are provided, without also requiring email addresses.
Source: SouthBendTribune

If they are working so VERY hard to keep this secret, we can’t help but wonder:

What are they hiding?

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