U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Office of the General Counsel
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1903
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
May 21, 2019
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411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144 -2516
RE: Freedom of Information Act Request
Grants of Withholding
Dear Evan Benz:
This response acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Executive Office for
Immigration Review (EOIR). Your request has been assigned control number. 2019-32778.
T f von have filed a fee waiver request, EOIR will address the fee waiver in a separate letter. Otherwise, your request
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fees- however if the fees for processing the request are estimated to exceed $25.00, EOIR will not ty you Detore
i,5essi”g ,he I^SSrmme wh«her you will commit to paying the fee or whether you wtsh rn narow the scope of
your request to reduce the fee. Fees may be charged for search,ng records at the rateofS4j^5
(nrofessional) per quarter hour, and for duplication of copies at the rate of $.05 per copy. The first 100 copies and two
hours of search time am uo, charged, and charges must exceed S25.00 befotc we wtll charge a fee.
The FOIA requires an agency to respond within 20 working days after receipt of the request, andI EOIR endeavors»'
this standard The FOIA permits a ten-day extension of this time period, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B), based on
unusual'ciircumstances. Your request iu.ol.es “unusual circumstances.” and EOIR is extending.the ttme penod to respond
bv an additional 10 working days because your request either requires the collection of records from field offices, or
involves a search for numerous records that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search at headquarters.
EOIR FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks. Track one is for those requests that seek and receive expedited
processing pursuant to subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA. The second track is for simple requests that do not involve
voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities. Track three is for complex requests that involve
voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests that may involve
sensitive records. Your request has been placed in the complex track requests.
If vou have any questions regarding unusual circumstances, you may contact the EOIR FOIA Service Center to discuss
reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request with the analyst handling youi’request or the
FOIA Public Liaison at the telephone number 703-605-1297 for any further.assistance and to
request Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives
and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for O
as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Admimstrat'on Room 510 86°
Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone at 202-741-5770, toll free
877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.