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Freedom of Information Act - any exclusions?

Freedom of Information Act - any exclusions?

Old Feb 11th 2001, 9:26 am
Mark Gordon
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Consider this. An asylum application has been filed which consisted of A Request for
Asylum form, Biographic Information from and, "possibly", a declaration (a letter stating
the reasons for asylum request, a story essentially). Now, I said "possibly" because the
applicant didn't actually file the papers herself, it's been done by an "attorney" who's
simply ... vanished. Years later, a request for information has been submitted under the
Freedom of Information Act. The package received contained the copies of all the original
forms but no "declaration". What do you make of it? Is it possible that INS didn't want
and didn't HAVE to include that letter? Or is it most likely a) the letter was never
included with the original application b) INS lost it? The letter accompanying the package
from INS stated that the package includes all the documents that has been found. Any ideas
or thoughts?

Thank you very much!

Old Feb 11th 2001, 9:44 am
Mark Gordon
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Oh, by the way, the accompanying letter didn't say that "SOME OR ALL THE MATERIALS ARE

Old Feb 11th 2001, 1:39 pm
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If the INS does not include something found in your file, they have to give you the
section of law that explains why it is exempt.

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