USCIS: Uvarov’s request for injunctive relief moot; passport returned and he has departed NMI – Marianas Variety

Posted: March 31, 2021 at 4:28 am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked the federal court to dismiss Denis Uvarov's lawsuit.

A 33-year-old Russian national, Uvarov sought the return of his passport and demanded $80,000 in compensation for his suffering and for punitive damages.

Uvarov, in his complaint, named officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security as defendants.

Through the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Districts of Guam and the NMI, DHS and USCIS told the court that Uvarovs passport was released to him on Feb. 8, 2021 and therefore his Fifth Amendment claim for injunctive relief is moot.

Uvarov also boarded a plane on March 19, 2021 outbound to Seoul, South Korea, the U.S. Attorneys Office said.

It added that ICE Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Chris Danaher approached Uvarov and positively identified him.

Uvarov informed Danaher that he planned to travel to Ukraine, the U.S. Attorneys Office added.

Thus, plaintiffs stated goal of departing the United States was accomplished, it said.

The U.S. Attorneys Office also reiterated that ICEs retention of Uvarovs passport was a reasonable exercise of its broad authority over immigration.

In November 2017, Uvarov arrived in the CNMI as a tourist. When he sought political asylum or refugee status, he said ICE confiscated his passport.

After waiting for two years and never having received an asylum interview, he said he had changed his mind.

On July 10, 2020, Uvarov demanded the return of his passport so that he could leave the island.

When ICE and the USCIS Los Angeles Asylum Office failed to return his passport, Uvarov filed a complaint in federal court, but it was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction on Oct. 26, 2020.

On Dec. 2, 2020, Uvarov filed an amended complaint.

He also received an email from USCIS Los Angeles Asylum office, which informed him that we are unable to schedule non-detained interviews in Saipan at this time. When we are able to resume interviews you will be contacted and scheduled for an interview.

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