BIA "Screening Panel Routing Sheets" completed in April, 2019

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

2019-34506, DOJ-AP-2019-006903

2019-34506

Status
Rejected

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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 BIA's completed "Screening Panel Routing Sheets" completed in April, 2019.

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.

Sincerely,

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, please see FOIA response attached. Wr/JRS

From: Matthew Hoppock

Regarding routing sheets for active cases, the agency withheld records without addressing whether the withheld records could be reasonably segregated by redaction. It stated in the adjudication letter that the requested routing sheets may contain information that is personal in nature. But there is no reason the agency could not redact the names and alien numbers but still produce the remainder of the record.

Regarding previous routing sheets, the agency says the BIA doesn't keep the "screening panel routing sheet" as "part of the permanent file." But whether it places those papers into the permanent file or not is not relevant. If any of them are still in existence, no matter their location, they are responsive to this request.

Finally, the agency failed to conduct a complete search.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:

* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-006903
* Request Tracking Number: 2019-34506
* Requester Name: Matthew Hoppock
* Date Submitted: 09/06/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description:
EOIR appeal

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

The Office of Information Policy has made its final determination on your FOIA Appeal Number DOJ-AP-2019-006903 .  A copy of this determination is enclosed for your review, along with any enclosures, if applicable.  Thank you.

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