Travel Ban Protests at MSP (Transportation Security Administration)

Melissa Hill filed this request with the Transportation Security Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Melissa Hill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like all copies of all public data relating to the refugee/immigrant travel ban protests that occurred at the MSP airport at the end of January 2017. This data may include e-mails, photographs, social media posts, intelligence reports, after action/incident reports, and open source reports.

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.


Melissa Hill

From: FOIA

Dear Ms. Hill:

After careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that your request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. For this reason, ยง5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the DHS component or office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.

Please resubmit your request containing a reasonable description of the records you are seeking. Please specify a date range for your records. Upon receipt of a perfected request, you will be advised as to the status of your request.

If we do not hear from you within 30 days from the date of this email, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed. Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future.

Your request has been assigned unperfected reference number 2017-0604. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence.


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Branch
601 S. 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6020