ICE MOUs/MOAs (Baltimore Mayor's Office)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Baltimore Mayor's Office of Baltimore, MD.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), memoranda of agreement or other liaison, information sharing or prisoner/detainee transfer agreements or delegations of authority with or involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed or otherwise put into effect between March 1, 2003 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Baltimore Mayor's Office

Ms. Best,

The Baltimore City Mayor's Office is in receipt of your request dated June 27, 2019, attached, for "copies of any Memorandum (MOAs), Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), memorandum of agreement or other liaison, information sharing or prisoner /detainee transfer agreements or delegations authority with or involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed or otherwise put into effect between March 1, 2003 and the present." The request is governed by Maryland's Public Information Act, ("PIA"), codified in Sections 4-101, et. seq. of the General Provisions Article of the Maryland Code. The PIA requires a request for records to be received by the custodian of the records sought. Md. Code, Gen. Prov., § 4-202. Each governmental entity is the custodian of its own records. Baltimore City Code, Art. 1 § 10-1. This response is on behalf of the Mayor's Office, which is not the custodian of any of the records you seek.

Nothing in this response is intended to indicate that records sought from City agencies exist or to waive any privileges held by the Mayor and City Council. You may contest this response by filing a complaint in Circuit Court pursuant to GP Section 4-362.


Department of Law
Khadeja Farahmand, L.L.M
Legal Advice & Opinions
Baltimore City Department of Law
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Baltimore, MD 21202<>
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