ICE MOUs/MOAs (Houston Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Houston Police Department of Houston, TX.
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Multi Request ICE MOUs/MOAs
Est. Completion None
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas 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. This includes but is not limited to any agreements entered into under or a result of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Houston Police Department

Good morning.

Your request is still being researched. We will need an additional 2 weeks to gather your information.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit

From: Houston Police Department

Good afternoon.

I spoke with the unit gathering the MOU information and they have requested one additional week to finish their research.

Some responsive information has been found but further research is happening due to the fact that these entities were all separate before being grouped under the umbrella of Homeland Security.

We want to be sure we can provide a full response to you.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - ksc

From: Houston Police Department

I received the documents today and am preparing an invoice for you now.

They will be on the way to you next week.
Thank you,
Open Records Unit - ksc

From: Houston Police Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.