REVISED: Columba Bush - Request for Certification of Non-Existent Record of Green Card Application

Susan A. filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Awaiting Acknowledgement


From: Susan A.

USCIS Records Operations Branch
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
ATTN: Records Operation Branch
1200 First Street NE MS2202
Washington, D.C. 20529-2202

RE: Columba Bush - NEW request for Certification of Non-Existent Record of Green Card Application

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a revised and NEW request under the Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to a July 27, 2015 letter I received from your agency citing certain criteria, pursuant to 5 U.S.C Section 552(b)(6), that must first be met in order for this request to be fulfilled.

In this new request, I am seeking to meet the following criteria of the above-referrenced law:

"A clear demonstration that the public interest in disclosure outweighs the personal privacy interest(s) of the individual(s) and that significant public benefit would result from the disclosure of the requested records."

I am also mindful of the following concerning this aforementioned criteria, as stated in the letter I recently received from your agency:

"The only relevant public interest to be considered is the extent to which the requested information sheds light on the agency's statutory performance."

Here is how I believe this new request meets the criteria set forth above:

1) The subject of this 3rd party request is Columba Bush, who has recently been featured in various
national media articles, including The Washington Post and The Atlantic magazine -- media which is widely distributed across the country and online, and is read by the general public.

"Columba Bush’s painful, unlikely road from Mexico toward the White House"
by Karen Tumulty and Mary Jordan March 21, 2015

"The Mysterious Columba Bush" by Hanna Rosin June 2015 issue

2) In addition to the general interest media, Columba Bush is also frequently cited in other media, because of news reporting her spouse, Jeb Bush, is a current Republican presidential candidate in the upcoming presidential election in 2016 in this country, the USA. Such media includes

"How Jeb Bush's wife could help win him the White House" By Jonathan Easley - 01/28/15

3) Jeb Bush has recently publicly stated Columba Bush is "proud of her US citizenship." See:
"She is proud of her U.S. citizenship naturally" from "Jeb Bush: ‘I was hurt’ by Donald Trump’s attacks on Mexicans" By Adam B. Lerner - July 28, 2015

4) IN light of this recent national media coverage above, and the fact Columba Bush is reportedly the spouse of a current US presidential candidate, and the fact that said candidate, Jeb Bush, has publicly claimed Columba Bush is a US citizen (implying she applied for a Green Card), I think it is fair to say there is no greater extent or opportunity for the agency to shed light on its statutory function than by fulfilling my FOIA request herein.

Consequently, as I believe Columba Bush, the Mexican born wife of the current presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, has actually never made an application for a Green Card (and I believe Jeb Bush knows this, and lies to the public). I hereby request the following record:

"Certification of Nonexistence of a Record" re a Green Card application never filed by Columba Bush.

Requesting Certifications

Certification of Nonexistence of a Record involves an agency decision. The USCIS Office of Records Management prepares this documentation. Requests for this service should be addressed to:

USCIS Records Operations Branch
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
ATTN: Records Operation Branch
1200 First Street NE MS2202
Washington, D.C. 20529-2202

Note I am a Third Party Requester as defined in your documents here:

Third Party Requester
If no consent is present and it does not appear likely that a requester can obtain
consent, we consider it a third party request. Third party requesters are entitled to any
public documents that may be in the record and any documents that may have
submitted on behalf of the subject of the file. This includes applications, petitions and
documents relating to them.
Third party requesters without consent or proof of death will receive nonexempt
information and records determined to be releasable under the FOIA.

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 fees cannot be waived, 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.


Susan Alyn


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.


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