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Case TitleSalguero Paiz v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
DistrictEastern District of California
Case Number2:2018cv01779
Date Filed2018-06-20
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeDistrict Judge John A. Mendez
PlaintiffMario Rene Salguero Paiz
Case DescriptionMario Rene Salguero-Paiz, a Guatemalan citizen seeking asylum to the U.S., submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for records concerning his alleged connection to earlier fighting in Guatemala. The agency identified 1,278 pages and released 973 pages in their entirety and 85 pages in part. However, the agency response did not include a specific referenced document. Salguero-Paiz filed an administrative appeal. The agency disclosed an additional 16 pages in full and eight pages in part. Salguero-Paiz also submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for 181 pages referred to ICE by USCIS. ICE disclosed some of the records but withheld most of them under various exemptions. Salguero-Paiz also filed a second FOIA request with USCIS., which the agency said duplicated his first request. After hearing nothing from the agency. Salguero-Paiz filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Vaughn index, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Services
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2018-06-201COMPLAINT against United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by Mario Rene Salguero Paiz. (Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0972-7726251) (Heilbrun, Sarah) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
2018-06-202CIVIL COVER SHEET by Mario Rene Salguero Paiz (Heilbrun, Sarah) (Entered: 06/20/2018)
2018-06-213SUMMONS ISSUED as to *United States Citizenship and Immigration Services* with answer to complaint due within *30* days. Attorney *Sarah Kate Heilbrun* *HaleyNelson and Heilbrun LLP* *436 14th St. Suite 716* *Oakland, CA 94612*. (Hunt, G) (Entered: 06/21/2018)
2018-06-214CIVIL NEW CASE DOCUMENTS ISSUED (Attachments: # 1 Consent Form, # 2 Order re Filing Requirements, # 3 VDRP) (Hunt, G) (Entered: 06/21/2018)
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