ICE MOUs/MOAs (Vermont State Police)

Emma Best filed this request with the Vermont State Police of Vermont.
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Vermont Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), memoranda of agreement or other liaison, information sharing or prisoner/detainee transfer agreements or delegations of authority with or involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed or otherwise put into effect between March 1, 2003 and the present. This includes but is not limited to any agreements entered into under or a result of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Vermont State Police

Emma Best
Via Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing to acknowledge your public records request, received July 1, 2019 and addressed to the Vermont State Police, for the following:

Copies of any Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), memoranda of agreement or other liaison, information sharing or prisoner/detainee transfer agreements or delegations of authority with or involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed or otherwise put into effect between March 1, 2003 and the present. This includes but is not limited to any agreements entered into under or [as] a result of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

We will respond to your request within three business days of the receipt of the request, by July 5, 2019.

Sincerely,

Ms. Grier D. Martin
Public Records Request Specialist
Vermont Department of Public Safety
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
Phone: (802) 241-5378
Email: Grier.Martin@vermont.gov<mailto:Grier.Martin@vermont.gov>

The information transmitted by the following e-mail is intended only for the addressee and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this email message is strictly prohibited. If you received this communication in error, please contact us immediately at 802-244-8727 and delete this email from your computer or network system. Thank you.

From: Vermont State Police

Emma Best
Via Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing regarding your public records request, received July 1, 2019 and addressed to the Vermont State Police, a Division of the Vermont Department of Public Safety ("DPS") for the following:

Copies of any Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), memoranda of agreement or other liaison, information sharing or prisoner/detainee transfer agreements or delegations of authority with or involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed or otherwise put into effect between March 1, 2003 and the present. This includes but is not limited to any agreements entered into under or [as] a result of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Please find attached a Memorandum of Agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Law Enforcement Support Center and the Vermont State Police, Vermont Fusion Center, dated November 22, 2005. This record constitutes the only record in the custody of DPS that falls within the scope of your request.

Please note that the record attached here has been redacted in accordance with the Vermont Public Records Act, 1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320. Specifically, DPS has redacted the location of the Law Enforcement Support Center as "information the disclosure of which would threaten the safety of persons or the security of public property." See 1 V.S.A. § 317(c)(25).

If you believe that a portion of the attached record has been withheld in error, or if you would like to discuss the redactions in the released record, please feel free to call me at the number below. Please be advised that you may also file an appeal. If you choose to file an appeal we request that you do so in writing to:

Commissioner Michael Schirling
Department of Public Safety
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671

Sincerely,

Ms. Grier D. Martin
Public Records Request Specialist
Vermont Department of Public Safety
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
Phone: (802) 241-5378
Email: Grier.Martin@vermont.gov<mailto:Grier.Martin@vermont.gov>

The information transmitted by the following e-mail is intended only for the addressee and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this email message is strictly prohibited. If you received this communication in error, please contact us immediately at 802-244-8727 and delete this email from your computer or network system. Thank you.

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