07/23/11 — The Federal Institute of Access to Information and Protection of Information (Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos, IFAI) in Mexico recently ordered the National Immigration Institute (Instituto Nacional de Migración, INM) to release documents and data for accountability purposes under a federally instated transparency program. The INM initially refused to release information for the years 2007 through 2009, however IFAI Commissioner Maria Elena Pérez-Jaén ruled the information necessary under the 2007-2012 National Development Plan (Plan Nacional de Desarrollo 2007-2012).
Pérez-Jaén explained that to fulfill the objectives of the National Development Plan, which focuses on increasing transparency and accountability throughout Mexican organizations and agencies, the 2008-2012 National Accountability, Transparency, and Combating Corruption Program (Programa Nacional de Rendición de Cuentas, Transparencia y Combate a la Corrupción 2008-2012) was implemented. The latter plan requires that the INM comply with the 2007-2012 National Development Plan. The IFAI Commissioner first filed the complaint after having only received partial documents from the INM, calling the received information incomplete, and arguing that it does not “constitute all the documentation to comply with the program,” according to El Universal. The INM has yet to respond to the request.