|Multi Request||ICE MOUs/MOAs|
|Submitted||June 26, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, 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 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 business days.
The Department of Corrections is in receipt of an email public records request dated June 27, 2019 directed to the Florida Department of Corrections, Public Records Unit, for 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.
Please be advised that I have forwarded your request to Michelle Palmer, Operations Manager, Bureau of Admissions and Release, for review and response. If any records are determined to exist, the custodian/s will provide your office an invoice for production of the records and, upon receipt of payment, the records will be provided in accordance with Chapter 119, Florida Statutes and Sec. 945.10, Florida Statutes.
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Dianne H. Houpt
Public Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
Florida Department of Corrections
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Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
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Good Afternoon Ms. Best:
Consistent with Governor DeSantis' direction, the Department is in discussions with ICE on how best to support the 287(g) program. Specifically, the Department is pursuing implementation of a pilot program at one of our reception centers.
Attribution: Florida Department of Corrections
The Florida Department of Corrections has requested to participate in the Delegation of Immigration Authority Program pursuant to Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. Participation in the program will allow FDC and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to better serve the residents of the state of Florida. Currently, the Department is awaiting ICE's direction on the scheduling of an application review board in order to move forward with implementation of the pilot program.
The Florida Department of Corrections has an existing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from 2001 still in effect with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). This information is available to the public in the FACTS system which tracks state contracts by government agencies and gives the public access to contract information.
Attached, please find the 2001 MOA with INS, and the letter requesting consideration for participation in the 287(g) program.
Florida Department of Corrections
Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.