EOIR "Special Projects" List

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review of the United States of America.
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From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The EOIR has produced in response to a prior request a form called "BIA Request for ROP" a copy of which is here: https://www.hoppocklawfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BIA-REQUEST-FOR-ROP.pdf. One of the options listed after "The record of proceeding in the above matter is needed in the BIA due to" is a check box followed by the text: "[n]eeded for immediate adjudication as a 'special projects' case."

Please produce the records related to the existence of a list of special projects cases, which should include the list of current special projects cases.

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.


Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Matthew, please see FOIA response attached.

Joseph R. Schaaf
Chief Counsel, Administrative Law
Executive Office for Immigration Review

From: Matthew Hoppock

The adjudication letter says the "BIA does not keep such a list" but that doesn't directly address what was requested. The form says "the Chairman" is the one who designates certain cases as "special projects" cases. It is more likely the Chairman keeps or has previously kept a "special projects" list and that record would be responsive to this request. Thus, it appears the agency did not conduct a complete search.

The agency appears to have also withheld records without citing an exemption.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:

* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-006900
* Request Tracking Number: 2019-30987
* Requester Name: Matthew Hoppock
* Date Submitted: 09/06/2019
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description:
EOIR appeal