Weekly Update: Preserving Trump Admin Records & Oversight of ICE

Nov 13, 2020

Dear Friend,

This week, as we look toward the Presidential transition on January 20, I led my fellow House Committee Chairs in directing the Trump Administration to preserve all documents in compliance with federal law. I also joined with the Committee on Homeland Security in demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comply with its policy against deporting witnesses and victims in ongoing investigations, including those by the House, into the alleged medical mistreatment at Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC).

More on these issues and other updates below.

COVID Data Update
Confirmed Cases: 52,918,582
Deaths: 1,295,976
*data from Johns Hopkins

United States
Confirmed Cases: 10,552,821
Deaths: 242,423
*data from Johns Hopkins

New York State
Confirmed Cases: 545,762
Deaths: 33,975
Testing Positivity: 3.36%
*data from Johns Hopkins

New York City
Confirmed Cases: 265,420
Hospitalizations: 59,687
Confirmed Deaths: 19,429
*data from NYC Health


Health Insurance Open Enrollment
New York State’s open enrollment period began on Sunday, November 1 and will run through Sunday, January 31.

You can compare plans, calculate your costs, see if you are eligible for financial assistance, get enrollment help, and sign up for the plan that is right for you and your family at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.


Directing the Trump Admin to Preserve Documents
On Tuesday, I led House Committee chairs in sending letters to the White House and more than 50 federal agencies directing them to comply with federal record-keeping laws and preserve information responsive to congressional subpoenas and investigations.

In these letters, we remind the Administration that as the Trump Administration prepares for the transition of power to the new Biden Administration, all Executive Office of the President employees and officials must preserve all records in accordance with federal law, including the Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act, and any documents that are related to relevant congressional oversight.

Read more here.


ICE Must Cease Deportations of Victims and Witnesses Alleging Medical Mistreatment at Detention Facilities
Yesterday, the Oversight Committee joined with the Homeland Security Committee in demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comply with its policy against deporting witnesses and victims in ongoing investigations into the alleged medical mistreatment at Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC).

There are a number of investigations of ICE and its contractors being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General, and several congressional Committees. Deporting women who may be key witnesses in these proceedings would be an obstruction of justice and an abuse of authority.

Read the letter I sent with Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson; Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Rep. Jamie Raskin;  Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations Chairwoman Rep. Kathleen Rice; and Oversight and Reform Committee Member Rep. Jim Cooper here.


Sweeping Charges in the Coast Guard
I’m pleased to announce that the Coast Guard Commandant notified the Committees on Oversight and Reform and Homeland Security that he has implemented all of the recommendations set forth in the Committees’ joint staff report on how the Coast Guard has handled reports of harassment, bullying, and retaliation.

Effective anti-harassment and anti-bullying programs are critical to ensuring that Coast Guard Servicemembers can carry out their mission to keep this country safe and secure. We owe a great debt to Lieutenant Commander Kimberly Young-McLear and other Coast Guard whistleblowers who bravely came forward to share their experiences. We will continue to work with the Coast Guard to hold the service to the high standards that we know we can achieve.

Read more here.


Happy Diwali
I wish a Happy Diwali to all those celebrating around the world this weekend as we begin the time of reflection and renewal that marks the Hindu New Year. This beautiful festival celebrates lightness over dark, goodness over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. As communities across the country come together to celebrate, let us turn to our own efforts so that goodness and righteousness guide us toward a better future in which light sustains and nourishes us even in the bleakest of times. Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak!


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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress