Columba Bush - Green Card application non-existent; request for Certification of Non-Existent Record

Susan A. filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
Tracking # NRC2015103601
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From: Susan A.

USCIS Records Operations Branch
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
ATTN: Records Operation Branch
1200 First Street NE MS2202
Washington, D.C. 20529-2202

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following certified record concerning: Columba Bush, the Mexican born wife of the current presidential candidate, Jeb Bush. Her reported date of birth is August 17, 1953 according to her Wikipedia bio online.

I believe she has never made an application for a Green Card.

Consequently, pursuant to your online instructions, I am requesting a document called "Certification of Nonexistence of a Record."
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http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/freedom-information-and-privacy-act-foia/how-file-foia-privacy-act-request/how-file-foiapa-request

Requesting Certifications

Certification of Nonexistence of a Record involves an agency decision. The USCIS Office of Records Management prepares this documentation. Requests for this service should be addressed to:

USCIS Records Operations Branch
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
ATTN: Records Operation Branch
1200 First Street NE MS2202
Washington, D.C. 20529-2202
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Note I am a Third Party Requester as defined in your documents here:

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/About%20Us/FOIA/uscisfoiarequestguide%2810%29.pdf

Third Party Requester
If no consent is present and it does not appear likely that a requester can obtain consent, we consider it a third party request. Third party requesters are entitled to any public documents that may be in the record and any documents that may have submitted on behalf of the subject of the file. This includes applications, petitions and documents relating to them.
Third party requesters without consent or proof of death will receive nonexempt information and records determined to be releasable under the FOIA.
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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 fees cannot be waived, 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,

Susan Alyn

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Susan A.

Dear Jill Eggleston, Director, FOIA Operations:

Thank you for your letter to me dated July 27, 2015, regarding my request for a Certificate of Nonexistence of a Record for Columba Bush's application for a Green Card.

I appreciate you explaining the criteria for obtaining this information, and I believe you are correct in stating my request does not meet the first four of the five criteria.

However, I am not certain I agree with you that my request fails to meet the fifth criteria, which is stated in your letter as follows:

"A clear demonstration that the public interest in disclosure outweighs the personal privacy interest(s) of the individual(s) and that
significant public benefit would result from the disclosure of the requested records."

I notice that at the present time, (and for the past month or so) Columba Bush's Twitter and Instagram accounts seem to be frozen, perhaps
as per government orders.

I also notice that media coverage of her has also recently ceased, with no current coverage of her campaigning for Jeb Bush.

If indeed these recent changes are due to government orders that have not yet been disclosed to the media, then it seems to me the agency is in fact now "performing its statutory duties" as required (as I do not believe she has a valid marriage or has met any of the requirements to actually be a Naturalized US Citizen Spouse of an American).

But if this shut-down of media coverage on her and the recent halting of her social media accounts functioning is due to some other reason I can not ascertain, then I think there may exist a public interest that outweighs this particular person's privacy interest.

I mention this because I believe a current presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, continues to refer to her as his wife and as a Naturalized US Citizen -- when in fact neither of these statements may actually be true (again, as perhaps already known by your agency and the US Government, thus resulting in the recent halting of her Twitter and Instagram account functions, and the recent termination of media coverage on her).

Consequently, as I am not absolutely certain what is going on with her and her recently frozen social media accounts and the recent lack of media coverage on her, I may decide to file an appeal pursuant to the appeal information you have provided.

Thank you again for your reply. I appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Susan Alyn

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Susan A.

I did file a new request here:

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/revised-columba-bush-request-for-certification-of-non-existent-record-of-green-card-application-20184/

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

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