CBP communications at Dulles International Airport

Ryan Koronowski filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
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From: Ryan Koronowski

Dear Sir or Madam:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: All emails sent or received between January 27, 2017 and March 9, 2017 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff or contractors assigned to Dulles International Airport that contain the words “court,” “eo,” “executive order,” “travel ban,” “muslim ban,” “rule,” “stay,” “court order,” “13769,” “protective order,” “senator,” “congressman,” “representative,” or “injunction,” in either their body or subject lines. Please include all attachments.

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on the time period during which CBP officials at Dulles International Airport appeared to defy federal court orders halting the implementation of the executive order. That is of current interest to the public as citizens should be aware how federal agents interpret court rulings at our nation's borders.

This information is being sought on behalf of ThinkProgress.org (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with ThinkProgress, an online news site with a national audience seeking these documents entirely for news-gathering purposes.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: electronic.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because it could dispel the mystery of whether or not there was a dispute within CBP over the interpretation of an important court order. 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.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information because citizens should be made aware of disputes between different branches of government when they occur, especially when they involve the detention of legal residents or barring them from entry.

I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jack Jenkins

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=090004d28134f1e1)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-060912
* Requester Name: MuckRock News
* Date Submitted: 05/30/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: All emails sent/received between Jan 27, 2017 and Mar 9, 2017 by USCBP staff or contractors assigned to Dulles International Airport that contain the words "court", "eo", "executive order", "travel ban", "muslim ban", "rule", stay", "court order", "13769", "protective order", "senator", "congressman", "representative", or "injunction".

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

After careful review of your FOIA request,  CBP-2017-060912, we have determined that your request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. 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.
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-2017-060912 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; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.


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