Year End Case Completion Records

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review of the United States of America .
Tracking #

2020-2384, A-2020-00232

2020-2384

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Matthew Hoppock


To Whom It May Concern:

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

The records, broken down by each immigration judge, reflecting (1) the number of case completions from 10/1/2018 to 10/02019, and (2) BIA remand rate from 10/1/2018 to 10/02019.

The agency recently posted information about annual case completion rates, which have gone up significantly but did not break that information down by IJ.

I am making this request as a member of the news media with the intention of writing about the agency’s recent focus on case completions.

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

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Matthew, please see FOIA response attached.

Wr/
Joseph R. Schaaf
Supervisory Attorney-Advisor
Executive Office for Immigration Review

From: Matthew Hoppock

The agency did not conduct an adequate search or provide responsive records. Although it referenced an online database and said we could sort through it, that database does not contain the specific information we had sought. Specifically, it does not provide IJ remand rate. Although remand notations are provide for BIA outcomes (See the Code Key published online here https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/eoir-case-data-code-key/download), they do not track these by the IJ. That's the reason I submitted this request to the EOIR. The EOIR is tracking IJ remand rate as well as case completion records. It has additional records that very specifically outline the information I requested, including records that are not contained in the CASE Database. Simply telling me to look for the data in a giant database when that database doesn't contain all the information requested and when the agency is withholding responsive records that aren't in the database is a violation of the FOIA.

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

From: Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

The Office of Information Policy has made its final determination on your FOIA Appeal Number A-2020-00232 .  A copy of this determination is enclosed for your review, along with any enclosures, if applicable.  Thank you.

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