Taraweeh Transparency (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Hassan Ahmad filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Multi Request Taraweeh Transparency
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From: Hassan Ahmad

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all documents, emails, internal memos, external memos, cables, correspondences, directives, or any other media dated January 1, 2019 to the present containing any of the following words:

1. "Ramadan"
2. "imam"
3. "Muslim"
4. "Islam" or a derivative term such as "Islamic"
5. "faith leader"
6. "cleric"

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.


Hassan Ahmad

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

May 10, 2019 Hassan Ahmad MuckRock Dept MR 72793 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2019-ICFO-37832
This e-mail is in regards to your May 05, 2019 ICE FOIA request for any and all documents, emails, internal memos, external memos, cables, correspondences, directives, or any other media dated January 1, 2019 to the present containing any of the following words:1. "Ramadan"2. "imam"3. "Muslim"4. "Islam" or a derivative term such as "Islamic"5. "faith leader"6. "cleric".
After careful review of your FOIArequest, we determined that your request is too broad in scope, did notspecifically identify the records which you are seeking, or only posedquestions to the agency.  Records must be described in reasonablysufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with thesubject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon theagency.  For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5,require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much informationas possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amountof effort.  Whenever possible, a request should include specificinformation about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author,recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the ICE programoffice you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA doesnot require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed byrequesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specificrecords. Please resubmit your requestcontaining a reasonable description of the records you are seeking.  Uponreceipt of a perfected request, you will be advised as to the status of yourrequest. If we do not hear from youwithin 30 days from the date of this letter, we will assume you areno longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will beadministratively closed.  Please be advised that this action is not adenial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests inthe future.


From: Hassan Ahmad

Respected Officers:

I am a bit mystified by the response received, as the FOIA request only requires a simple keyword search for less than 6 months of time. Please treat this as a request for reconsideration. Thank you.

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Good afternoon Mr. Hassan Ahmad,

Your original request (2019-ICFO-37832) has been closed. Please resubmit your request and narrow down the scope of your original request as it was too broad. Please try and elaborate further upon your original request with a more detailed description of what you want.

We apologize for any inconvenience.