Russian national dissatisfied with DHS action, sues

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Posted on Sep 14 2020

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A Russian national is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security because he was dissatisfied with the action they took in his appeal.

Milan Fargo is suing DHS after he appealed the determination of the Office of the Inspector General in his Freedom of Information Act or FOIA request for access to records concerning documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is under DHS.

The U.S. Department of Justice advised him to file a lawsuit in the district court if he is dissatisfied with the action in his appeal.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona granted Fargo’s request to proceed with his lawsuit without paying fees and costs.

Manglona ordered the clerk of court to file Fargo’s complaint, and directed the U.S. Marshals Service to serve DHS with the complaint.

In his complaint, Fargo said that DHS issued a humanitarian parole to him under the name of Nassir Nazarovich Kourbanov, which is Fargo’s original name, last April 20-21, 2002. Fargo said it was given to his trustee and was faxed to the San Ysidro checkpoint, referring to a district in San Diego, immediately north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

On April 24, 2002, Fargo said the officer in charge confirmed that the copy of the parole was with their office, but she did not allow him to see the parole, saying that their computer was not able to find the files.

Fargo said the officer did not give him a copy of that parole, but, instead, handed him over to Border Patrol.

“I made my first FOIA request in the winter of 2002 sitting in an immigration center. Since then, I have made many, many efforts to have that parole with me, but DHS is not willing to let me,” Fargo said.

Fargo said he tried to get a copy of the parole through DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General but USCIS submitted a one-page document having nothing to do with that parole to the inspector general, prompting him to appeal OIG’s determination.

Fargo previously sued DHS for allegedly hiding documents related to his humanitarian parole but Manglona ruled in favor of DHS.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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