Records on Facilitation of Return Policy 2018 to Present

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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:

Recently the agency appears to have made extensive changes to the "Return Policy" first announced in Supreme Court's decision in Nken v. Holder. For example, its "Frequently Asked Questions" for this topic (https://www.ice.gov/faq/
facilitating-return) was taken offline in March, 2017 and has since been returned with numerous edits and changes. One of these answers appears to shift responsibility for facilitation of return from the Enforcement and Removal Operations
generally to its "Custody Management Division" specifically. We are concerned with these changes, which have neither been formally announced nor subjected to notice and comment. They appear to indicate both a reduced willingness to
comply with the Solicitor General's reassurances following the Nken decision on the facilitation of return and to indicate that ICE intends to place returned individuals into ICE custody.

Accordingly, I request the following under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. All correspondence, including e-mail messages from 1/1/18 to present regarding the "Return Policy"

2. All correspondence, including e-mail messages, regarding the changes to the Frequently Asked Questions page at https://www.ice.gov/faq/facilitating-return from 1/1/18 to present.

3. Statistics on facilitation of return requests (also called FoRR Inquiries) from 1/1/09 to present including the following:

a. Number of requests received for facilitation of return per year for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
b. Number of requests granted for facilitation of return per year for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
c. Number of requests denied for facilitation of return per year for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

6. Any other statistics maintained in the ordinary course of business by ICE related to its administration of the Return Policy.

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,

Matthew Hoppock

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To Whom It May Concern:

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

Recently the agency appears to have made extensive changes to the "Return
Policy" first announced in Supreme Court's decision in Nken v. Holder. For
example, its "Frequently Asked Questions" for this topic
(https://www.ice.gov/faq/
facilitating-return) was taken offline in March, 2017 and has since been
returned with numerous edits and changes. One of these answers appears to
shift responsibility for facilitation of return from the Enforcement and
Removal Operations
generally to its "Custody Management Division" specifically. We are concerned
with these changes, which have neither been formally announced nor subjected
to notice and comment. They appear to indicate both a reduced willingness to
comply with the Solicitor General's reassurances following the Nken decision
on the facilitation of return and to indicate that ICE intends to place
returned individuals into ICE custody.

Accordingly, I request the following under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. All correspondence, including e-mail messages from 1/1/18 to present
regarding the "Return Policy"

2. All correspondence, including e-mail messages, regarding the changes to
the Frequently Asked Questions page at
https://www.ice.gov/faq/facilitating-return from 1/1/18 to present.

3. Statistics on facilitation of return requests (also called FoRR Inquiries)
from 1/1/09 to present including the following:

a. Number of requests received for facilitation of return per year for 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
b. Number of requests granted for facilitation of return per year for 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
c. Number of requests denied for facilitation of return per year for 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

6. Any other statistics maintained in the ordinary course of business by ICE
related to its administration of the Return Policy.

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,

Matthew Hoppock

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