Professor alleges U.S. Department of Homeland Security failed to comply with FOIA request

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 9, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A University of California, Irvine professor alleges a federal organization has failed to make a final determination on her request for documents.

Ana Muñiz filed a complaint on July 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against The United States Department of Homeland Security citing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is an assistant profession of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine.

On Nov. 11, 2017, Muñiz alleges she sent a FOIA request to the defendant by email seeking information related to individuals removed, deemed removable, denied status adjustments, and/or denied deferred action due to accusations of gang involvement, membership, association, and/or affiliation. The suit states she received a response from the defendant with control number on Dec. 13, 2017, but still has not received a final determination and response.

The plaintiff holds The United States Department of Homeland Security responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to produce the records responsive to her Jan. 19, 2017, request.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for the defendant to provide requested records without further delay, grant attorney fees and other litigation costs, and such other and further relief which the court deems proper. She is represented by Matthew Strugar of Law Office of Matthew Struger in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-06224-CAS-JEM

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