ORLANDO — An Orange County resident is suing homeland security and immigration officials, seeking a writ of mandamus.

Junior Rainford filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division against Jeh Johnson, former Department of Homeland Security secretary; Leon Rodriguez, Citizenship and Immigration Services director; and Robert Cowan, Citizenship and Immigration Services National Benefits Center director, alleging that they breached their duties of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 29, 2015, he was improperly denied his application of form I-90 to replace an old version of his alien registration card (ARC) that was being required by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Furthermore, his request for "special handling" of his case due to a medical condition and hospitalization were not considered when he failed to be physically available for a scheduled biometrics appointment. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly refused to provide him with reasonable accommodations in light of his disability and prevented a qualified individual from obtaining a fair determination on the merits of his application for immigration benefits.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendants, declaration of defendants' wrongful actions, preliminary and permanent injunction / issuance of a writ of mandamus to compel defendants to produce and deliver a form I-551, attorney's fees, costs of suit and other relief as the court deem just. He is represented by David Stoller of Law Offices of David Stoller in Orlando.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case number 16-cv-01935

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