DHS & ICE COVID19 Contingency Plans (Department of Homeland Security)

Andrew Free filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2020-HQFO-00657

Multi Request DHS & ICE COVID19 Contingency Plans
Due April 6, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Andrew Free


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Any record reflecting a contingency plan for addressing instances of COVID19 in ICE detention facilities.
2. Any record reflecting a plan to test individuals entering ICE custody for COVID19.
3. Any record reflecting agency discussions, meetings, teleconferences, or other preparations for addressing COVID19 occurrence in ICE Service Processing Centers, Contract Detention Facilities, Inter-Governmental Service Agreement Facilities, or contract facilities for any person detained by ICE longer than 72 hours.
4. Any record reflecting a COVID19 test performed on an ICE detainee between February 1, 2020 and March 9, 2020.
5. Any record reflecting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control regarding ICE's detention activities with respect to COVID19 prevention.
6. Any record reflecting guidance from IHSC to ICE detention and medical contractors.

The following custodians are likely to possess responsive records, however, searches should be tasked to all other offices identified by the FOIA office to be reasonably likely to possess responsive records:
1. ICE - Enforcement and Removal Operations - Immigrant Health Services Corps.
2. ICE - Enforcement and Removal Operations - Office of Detention Policy and Planning
3. ICE HQ - Office of the Director, Assistant Director, Associate Director
4. DHS - Office of the Secretary

I hereby request expediting processing as this request is made on behalf of media requestor clients who are primarily engaged in the dissemination of information to the public, and based on the urgent risk to the health, safety, and due-process rights of individuals who are now or will soon enter into ICE custody.

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,

Andrew Free

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon, Attached is our final response to your request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486. Thank you! Regards, DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

From: Department of Homeland Security

March 23, 2020 Andrew Free MuckRock News DEPT MR 90170 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2020-ICFO-28855 Dear Mr. Free: This acknowledges receipt of your March 17, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for various categories of records pertaining to detention facilities and COVID19 (see request for details).  Your request was received in this office on March 20, 2020. Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10- day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, ICE will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner. Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations, as they apply to media requesters.  As a media requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free.  We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued. We have queried the appropriate program offices within ICE for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.
Your request has been assigned reference number 2020-ICFO-28855. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. To check the status of an ICE FOIA/PA request, please visit . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the 2020-ICFO-28855 tracking number. If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the FOIA office. You may send an e-mail to ice-foia@ice.dhs.gov, call toll free (866) 633-1182, or you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Fernando Pineiro, in the same manner. 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. (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status
Regards,

ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
Telephone: 1-866-633-1182
Visit our FOIA website at www.ice.gov/foia

From: Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Free,

Please see the attached correspondence related to your FOIA request, 2020-ICFO-28855, for various categories of records pertaining to detention facilities and COVID19.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Evening,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.

Thank you!
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

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