CBP Commissioner comms re: refugee ban

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking # CBP-2017-028046 ; CBP-OC-2017-028046
Est. Completion None
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Fix Required

Communications

From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any communications or memoranda to or from the Office of the Commissioner between Nov. 9, 2016 and Jan. 28:

- to or from White House transition officials or from the domain "@who.eop.gov." This includes communications using a personal email address for work purposes.
- or containing "Immigration and Nationality Act", "executive order", "refugee", "permanent resident", "Iran" or "Syria".

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,

CJ Ciaramella

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d281145702)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-028046
* Requester Name: CJ CIARMELLA
* Date Submitted: 02/03/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: see attached; any communications or memoranda regarding recent executive orders

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-028046 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OC-2017-028046. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-2017-028046
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OC-2017-028046
* Requester Name: CJ CIARMELLA
* Date Submitted: 02/03/2017
* Long Description: see attached; any communications or memoranda regarding recent executive orders

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

CJ CIARMELLA
411A HIGHLAND AVE DEPT MR 19885 S
omerville MA 02144
Dear CJ CIARMELLA:
This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received in the mail from you on 02/03/2017.  Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-OC-2017-028046 to track the status of your request.

In the future, please submit your FOIA requests to CBP electronically.  It’s very easy to do, and there are many reasons why filing online is the most expeditious way to submit a FOIA request.
How to submit a FOIA request electronically to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?

To submit a FOIAonline request online simply go to your search engine (i.e., google, etc.) and type FOIAonline, then hit enter.  That will take you to the FOIAonline site.  From there, press the green button on the right “ Create an Account” and follow the prompts to create a FOIAonline account, then press the green button in the middle " Make a FOIA Request" and follow the prompts to submit a FOIA request.
Submitting a FOIA request online is the preferred method (vs. postal mail) for many reasons:

* You will immediately receive a unique FOIA tracking number and acknowledgment that your FOIA request was received by CBP.
* You will be able to track your FOIA request any day/any time through your FOIAonline account.
* You will receive an email to retrieve responsive records or document via your FOIAonline account, when records or documents become available.
* You can view all of your historical FOIA requests via the " dashboard" in your FOIAonline account.
FOIAs requests for travel records require: 1) subject’s name, 2) subject’s date of birth, and 3) third party consent (if applicable).

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

CJ CIARMELLA
411A HIGHLAND AVE DEPT MR 19885 S
omerville MA 02144
Dear CJ CIARMELLA:
This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received in the mail from you on 02/03/2017.  Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-OC-2017-028046 to track the status of your request.

In the future, please submit your FOIA requests to CBP electronically.  It’s very easy to do, and there are many reasons why filing online is the most expeditious way to submit a FOIA request.
How to submit a FOIA request electronically to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?

To submit a FOIAonline request online simply go to your search engine (i.e., google, etc.) and type FOIAonline, then hit enter.  That will take you to the FOIAonline site.  From there, press the green button on the right “ Create an Account” and follow the prompts to create a FOIAonline account, then press the green button in the middle " Make a FOIA Request" and follow the prompts to submit a FOIA request.
Submitting a FOIA request online is the preferred method (vs. postal mail) for many reasons:

* You will immediately receive a unique FOIA tracking number and acknowledgment that your FOIA request was received by CBP.
* You will be able to track your FOIA request any day/any time through your FOIAonline account.
* You will receive an email to retrieve responsive records or document via your FOIAonline account, when records or documents become available.
* You can view all of your historical FOIA requests via the " dashboard" in your FOIAonline account.
FOIAs requests for travel records require: 1) subject’s name, 2) subject’s date of birth, and 3) third party consent (if applicable).

From: catherine.a.waltersdorff@cbp.dhs.gov

Your FOIA request has been deemed as insufficient for one or more of the following reasons:


The Freedom of Information Office has been asked to reach out to requesters seeking any information related to the January 27, 2017 E.O. to detrmine if the information is still desired.  Please let me know via a response to this request if you would like to receive the infromation.

If you would like the data, CBP will require additional information from you.  Please list the names of the staff in the Office of the Commissioner so that the appropriate email addresses may be search for records responsive toy our request.  if this information is not received or you opt not to receive the data as requested your request will be closed out as insufficient.

Please resubmit your FOIA request, along with the required information, by logging into your existing FOIAonline account or go to https://foiaonline.regulations.gov to create an account.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OC-2017-028046 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-028046. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-OC-2017-028046
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-028046
* Requester Name: CJ CIARMELLA
* Date Submitted: 02/03/2017
* Long Description: see attached; any communications or memoranda regarding recent executive orders

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Cj Ciarmella,
After careful review of your FOIA request, CBP-2017-028046, we have determined that your request is too broad in scope. FOIA is not a search mechanism.  Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency.  For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort.  Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the event that would have created the record, a date range for the request, and subject matter of the records. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.
Please provide the names of White House transition officials you would like researched as part of your request.  “Immigration and Nationality Act”, “executive order”, “refugee”, “permanent resident”, “Iran” or “Syria” are very broad search terms, please specify what you are specifically looking for in regards to those terms.
This is not a denial of your request for records. Please resubmit your FOIA request, along with a more detailed description of the records being sought, by logging into your existing FOIAOnline account or creating an account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
You may contact a FOIA Public Liaison by sending an email via your FOIAonline account or call 202-325-0150 .  Please notate file number CBP-2017-028046 on any future correspondence to CBP related to this request.  Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation.  If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974.  You may contact OGIS as follows:  Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/agency/request/createCorrespondence?requestId=iurPxlRgNM0-VmZkheSTGlAgTheUOWTp#) ; toll free at 1-877-684-6448 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/agency/request/createCorrespondence?requestId=iurPxlRgNM0-VmZkheSTGlAgTheUOWTp#) ; or facsimile at 202-741-5769 (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/agency/request/createCorrespondence?requestId=iurPxlRgNM0-VmZkheSTGlAgTheUOWTp#)
Please respond within 10 calandar days with the requested information. If we do not hear from you within 10 days, we will assume you no longer require the information and your case will be administratively closed. Please send your response to miranda.oyler@cbp.dhs.gov (mailto:miranda.oyler@cbp.dhs.gov)

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