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Case TitleNBC 7 SAN DIEGO et al v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY et al
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv01146
Date Filed2019-04-22
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Reggie B. Walton
PlaintiffNBC 7 SAN DIEGO
PlaintiffTOM JONES
PlaintiffREPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
Case DescriptionNBC 7 San Diego reporter Tom Jones submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security for records concerning Operation Secure Line, an initiative to monitor the arrival of migrant caravans on the U.S.-Mexican border. NBC 7 San Diego also requested a fee waiver and expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests and granted NBC 7 San Diego's requests for a fee waiver and expedited processing. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press also submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security for records referenced in NBC 7's stories about Operation Secure Line. The Reporters Committee also requested inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests but did not address the Reporters Committee's request for news media fee status. After hearing nothing further from the agency, both NBC 7 San Diego and the Reporters Committee filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
DefendantUNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
DefendantUNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
DefendantUNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
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2019-04-221COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-6074571) filed by NBC 7 SAN DIEGO, REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, TOM JONES. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 LCvR 26.1 Certificate, # 3 Summons, # 4 Exhibit 1, # 5 Exhibit 2, # 6 Exhibit 3, # 7 Exhibit 4, # 8 Exhibit 5, # 9 Exhibit 6, # 10 Exhibit 7, # 11 Exhibit 8, # 12 Exhibit 9, # 13 Exhibit 10)(Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-222LCvR 26.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by NBC 7 SAN DIEGO. (zef, ) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-22Case Assigned to Judge Reggie B. Walton. (zef, ) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-223SUMMONS (6) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zef, ) (Entered: 04/22/2019)
2019-04-294RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/26/2019. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/26/2019.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 04/25/2019., RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES served on 4/24/2019; UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION served on 4/24/2019; UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY served on 4/24/2019; UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT served on 4/24/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Affidavits of Mailing)(Townsend, KatieLynn) (Entered: 04/29/2019)
2019-04-295GENERAL ORDER FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE THE HONORABLE REGGIE B. WALTON. Signed by Judge Reggie B. Walton on April 29, 2019. (lcrbw2) (Entered: 04/29/2019)
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