Friday, May 7, 2010
How To Get 1,000 Free Sheets of Printer Paper: Request Someone's File From U.S. Immigration
By Nicholas Phillips
on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM
on local Hispanic publisher Cecilia Velazquez
requested her file from U.S. Customs and Immigration Services
And what a response we got! No less than 1,102 pages of documentation were identified as relevant. However, citing privacy rules, the feds withheld 1,063 of these pages, or 96.4 percent, of the file. BUT THEY STILL SENT ALL THE BLANK PAGES.
We don't fault USCIS for adhering to rules protecting an individual's privacy. In fact, we expected them to do so. But mailing us 1,063 blank pages, apparently at taxpayer expense, does nobody any good. Except in one respect: we might be using them for printer paper. So thanks, in a way, to Uncle Sam!
As part of some routine fact-checking for our current