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Freddy Martinez filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America .
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2019-HQFO-01259

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Status
Awaiting Appeal

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From: Freddy Martinez

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Earlier today, Acting Sec. Kevin McAleena announced a DHS policy related to family units at the border. He stated that DHS will "no longer be releasing family units from border patrol stations into the interior." He stated such in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations on September 23rd on 2019. Therefore, for this policy related to family units, I am requesting:
- Any signed memos with the approval of the Acting Secretary's signature related to family units in the last two months.
- Specifically, I am looking for a copy of the memo referenced in the September 23rd speech related to "releasing family units from border patrol stations into the interior". Please provide a copy of such a memo.
- Emails between the Act Sec and any other members of DHS in preparing such a memo.

As you are aware, the speech is a announcement of a *final* policy by DHS and therefore, such emails do not fall under the deliberative process exemption.

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,

Freddy Martinez
Policy Analyst
Open the Government

From: Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General

Good Morning,
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.
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)

From: Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General

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
Visit our FOIA website

From: Freddy Martinez

This is a formal appeal under the 5 USC 552 (the Freedom of Information Act). Namely, I am appealing, in full the adequacy and reasonableness of the search conducted by DHS for the records. In the original request by Open the Government, I named a specific speech prepared and delivered by an acting director and a specific new policy that was finalized by DHS. It appears unreasonable to argue they found "no responsive documents" to a public speech by the acting Director.

Therefore, I request your office review the matter at hand and remand it for a further search.

Thanks for your attention to this matter,
Freddy Martinez

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