Appeals Court favors release of University of Michigan records of anti-immigrant leader - 2019-07-06
Immigrant advocates are hoping a recent court decision could lead to the release of sealed records at the University of Michigan of Dr. John Tanton of Petoskey, seen as the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.
In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel in Detroit with the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned the decision of a lower court judge who had thrown out a lawsuit filed in 2017 by immigration attorney Hassan Ahmad asking the university to release boxes of Tanton's records. The closed files could shed light on groups and leaders, seen by critics as racist, who are influencing current immigration policies.
Under an agreement with the University of Michigan, Tanton, an 85-year-old retired ophthalmologist, has 11 boxes of his records under seal until 2035. The university had argued to the court that since the records were sealed by the agreement, they were not public records and therefore could not be released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).