Authorship for a Press Release Titled "We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again"

Jacob Harris filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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From: Jacob Harris

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to request any email discussions or electronic metadata (including a revision log history from the blog) related to the authorship and editing of a 2/15/2018 press release titled "We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again" and published at the URL If possible, I would like to also see a discussion of how statistics were sourced for the post.

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.


Jacob Harris

From: Department of Homeland Security

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From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Jacob Harris

It is absurd how long this FOIA request is taking. In the interest of simplicity, I am going to simplify things even further:

Was this post authored by or edited by Ian M. Smith while he was working at DHS?


From: Jacob Harris

I am unclear why this FOIA request has been languishing for so long without any action. The information should be readily available in electronic systems and the scope is relatively narrow. I would appreciate if you could help me get this resolved. Thank you.