ICE Voluntary Work Program CoreCivic

Robert Teel filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-ICFO-27833
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From: Robert Teel

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records (including without limitation all contracts, agreements, correspondence, documents, statements, writings, emails, letters, memoranda, notes, transcriptions, reports, spreadsheets, complaints, grievances, appeals, supporting documents, payments, payment slips, receipts, checks, and drafts) of every kind (mechanical, electronic, typed or written) in connection with any U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Voluntary Work Program at any detention facility owned or operated by CoreCivic, Inc. (formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America) or its affiliates, including without limitation CCA of Tennessee, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company  Prison Realty Management, Inc., a Tennessee corporation  CCA Properties of America, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company  CCA Western Properties, Inc., a Delaware corporation, CCA Properties of Arizona, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company  CCA Properties of Tennessee, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company  CCA International, Inc., a Delaware corporation  Technical and Business Institute of America, Inc., a Tennessee corporation  TransCor America, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company  TransCor Puerto Rico, Inc., a Puerto Rico corporation  CCA (UK) Ltd., a United Kingdom corporation  CCA Health Services, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Please consider this as the undersigned’s request for a fee waiver in accordance with 43 CFR 2.45(d). Set forth below is the information needed to support the request, meet the criteria, and justify entitlement for the waiver under applicable law.

I am a local advocate working through a U.S. based online journalism organization in connection with my research and investigation into the government's Voluntary Work Program(s) (“VWP”). It is important to understand the steps our government is taking to address the issue of illegal immigration in its departmental operations and activities. The VWP provides detainees opportunities to work and earn money while confined, subject to the number of work opportunities available and within the constraints of the safety, security and good order of the facility.

While not legally required to do so, ICE/ ERO intends to afford working detainees basic Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protections. The steps our government is taking to address illegal immigration is an important issue, and it is in the public interest to understand our government's programs, policies, and measures taken in this regard in its operations and activities.

Disclosure of the requested materials will inform the public, and contribute significantly to its understanding, of our government's actions in connection with the VWP programs, policies, and measures. The public interest in these records goes beyond the VWP, and is intended to contribute to the public’s understanding of what standards our government uses as a whole in its operations and activities and the public’s right to know about its functions and data in connection therewith.

I research and investigate issues in this subject area and intend to publish and disseminate one or more articles using these materials through both electronic and print media. The materials and information received will be immediately published on the website of the journalism organization MuckRock in order to encourage additional journalism around it.

To date, Muckrock has released over 1,300,000 pages of materials from over 9,000 fulfilled requests from over 6,800 government agencies. In the last twelve-month period, Muckrock received over one million (1,000,000) unique visitors to its website.

I am unaware of any prior public release of this information and the release of these materials will serve to greatly enhance the public level of understanding the government’s Impact Aid programs, policies, and measures through disclosure. Any gathering and disclosure of these newsworthy materials that furthers the public’s understand of the government’s role in helping the financial wellbeing of local school districts is of great, significant, legitimate public interest, and outweighs any potential commercial value or interest in these materials.

If 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,

Robert Teel

From: US DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement FOIA Office

May 15, 2017 Robert Teel MuckRock DEPT MR 35308 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2017-ICFO-27833 Dear Mr. Teel: This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), dated March 23, 2017, and to your request for a waiver of all assessable FOIA fees. Your request was received in this office on March 23, 2017. Specifically, you requested All records (including without limitation all contracts, agreements, correspondence, documents, statements, writings, emails, letters, memoranda, notes, transcriptions, reports, spreadsheets, complaints, grievances, appeals, supporting documents, payments, payment slips, receipts, checks, and drafts) of every kind in connection with any U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Voluntary Work Program at any detention facility owned or operated by CoreCivic, Inc. (please see attached for more details). 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. ICE evaluates fee waiver requests under the legal standard set forth above and the fee waiver policy guidance issued by the Department of Justice on April 2, 1987, as incorporated into the Department of Homeland Security’s Freedom of Information Act regulations [1] .  These regulations set forth six factors to examine in determining whether the applicable legal standard for fee waiver has been met.  I have considered the following factors in my evaluation of your request for a fee waiver: (1) Whether the subject of the requested records concerns “the operations or activities of the government”; (2) Whether the disclosure is “likely to contribute” to an understanding of government operations or activities; (3) Whether disclosure of the requested information will contribute to the understanding of the public at large, as opposed to the individual understanding of the requestor or a narrow segment of interested persons; (4) Whether the contribution to public understanding of government operations or activities will be "significant"; (5) Whether the requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by the requested disclosure; and (6) Whether the magnitude of any identified commercial interest to the requestor is sufficiently large in comparison with the public interest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor. Upon review of your request and a careful consideration of the factors listed above, I have determined to grant your request for a fee waiver. ICE has 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 2017-ICFO-27833. 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 2016-ICFO-XXXXX or 2017-ICFO-XXXXX 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 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
[1] 6 CFR § 5.11(k).

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Mr. Teel,
ICE's final response to your FOIA request, 2017-ICFO-27833, for All records (including without limitation all contracts, agreements, correspondence, documents, statements, writings, emails, letters, memoranda, notes, transcriptions, reports, spreadsheets, complaints, grievances, appeals, supporting documents, payments, payment slips, receipts, checks, and drafts) of every kind in connection with any U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Voluntary Work Program at any detention facility owned or operated by CoreCivic, Inc. (please see attached for more details) is attached.
Please note that the attachment may be password protected. If you are prompted to enter a password when opening the attachment and you did not receive a password it may be in your junk/spam folder.
Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

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