|Submitted||June 20, 2017|
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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 “executive order,” “travel ban,” “Muslim ban,” “court order,” “13769,” or “protective order,” in either their body or subject lines. Please include all attachments.
This is a resubmission of a prior FOIA request submitted on 5/25/17, with the tracking number CBP-2017-060912.
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 nations 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.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 20, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
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