Alterra Alicea Documents re Castro Tum

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The documents related to the role of EOIR employee Alterra Alicea, the Philadelphia Immigration Court administrator, in assigning or reassigning the judge in the matter of "In re Castro Tum." It is our understanding that after the Attorney General reversed the administrative closure decision and remanded this matter (, the original Immigration Judge, Steven Morley, set a briefing schedule for the parties to address the issues. We understand Alterra Alicea attended and observed that hearing. After that hearing the agency then, without explanation or advance notice, assigned a new Immigration Judge, ACIJ Deepali Nadkarni, to travel to Philadelphia in person to proceed over the Castro Tum case. It appears this was an effort to hand-pick a judge who would decide the case in a pre-determined manner.

The search should include at least the following:

1. the e-mail messages to, from, or copied to Alterra Alicea from January 1, 2017 to the present mentioning "Castro Tum," "Castro-Tum," or Mr. Castro Tum's A number.

2. Any paper documents related to Alterra Alicea's role in assigning or reassigning the judge in the Castro Tum matter.

This should include a search of

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Matthew, this was sent out last September. Electronic copy attached.

Joseph R. Schaaf
Chief Counsel, Administrative Law
Executive Office for Immigration Review