Documents on Illegal Chinese Migration (Department of Homeland Security)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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2020-HQFO-01437

Multi Request Documents on Illegal Chinese Migration
Est. Completion None
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Withdrawn

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From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records, cited in the footnotes of the attached Homeland Intelligence Today article:

CBP Border Patrol Apprehension Data, FY 2011-2016 (footnote 1)
Chinese Influx FY2016 (footnote 7)
Peluche HSO Transporting UDAS from Central America, Turkey, and China into the United States (footnote 8)
Smuggling Routes and Methods from China to the United States (footnote 17)
Members of an Unidentified Church in China Facilitating Travel for Chinese Nationals Attempting to Illegally enter the United States Though Mexico (footnote 18)
CBP - Chinese Nationals Apprehended Near McAllen, Texas Provide Details of Their Travel Route to the United States (footnote 19)
Suspected Chinese Nationals' Smugglers Identified at TJ Airport (footnote 22)

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am a reporter for the National Interest, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity.

The National Interest is widely recognized for its reporting, publishing regular features on issues of public interest and importance. In addition, I have covered areas related to this request, and plan to use my editorial skills to analyze and produce original reporting work for millions of monthly readers at NationalInterest.org.

If you have any questions about my media status, please contact me.

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,

Matthew Petti

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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. 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
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From: Matthew Petti

Hello,

This is Matthew Petti from the National Interest. I am writing in regards to your final response to my request, 2020-FQFO-01437. As you noted, you have transferred the request to Customs and Border Protection, presumably because some of the documents I requested originated in CBP. However, the following citatione appear to refer to DHS (and not CBP) documents:
- DHS; IIR 4 006 0620 16; 27 FEB 2016; DOI 30 DEC 2015; Peluche HSO Transporting UDAS from Central America, Turkey, and China into the United States (footnote 8)
- DHS; IIR 4 012 0079; 08 SEP 2016; DOI 14-24 APR 2016; Smuggling Routes and Methods from China to the United States (footnote 17)
- DHS; IIR 4 042 0179 15; 29 MAY 2015; DOI 01 Mar 2015; CBP - Chinese Nationals Apprehended Near McAllen, Texas Provide Details of Their Travel Route to the United States (footnote 19)

Therefore, I believe your final response may have been made in error. Would you be able to reopen the request for just those three documents, or should I file a new one? I look forwards to hearing back from you soon.

Best,
Matthew

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good morning, 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. 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: Matthew Petti

Dear James,

Thank you so much for all your help on my request, 2020-HQFO-01437. I greatly appreciate your prompt response and wish you the best!

Best regards,
Matthew

From: Department of Homeland Security

Matthew Petti
DEPT MR 98031
411A Highland Ave
Sommerville, MA, 02144
07/23/2020
CBP-2020-067978
Dear Matthew Petti:
This notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 07/23/2020.     Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2020-067978 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations)
Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request.  Consistent with 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, CBP processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.  Although CBP’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period in certain circumstances pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).  [As your request seeks documents that will require a thorough and wide-ranging search, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c). If you would like 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.] OR [As your request seeks a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to  6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).  If you would like 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.] OR [As the subject matter of your request is of substantial interest to two or more components of CBP or of substantial interest to another agency, we will need to consult with those entities before we issue a final response.  Due to these unusual circumstances, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c). If you would like 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.]
CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  We truly appreciate your continued patience.
For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: Department of Homeland Security

CBP-2020-067978 has been processed with the following final disposition: Duplicate Request.

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