Angui v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
ORDER Dismissing Complaint; granting 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis; denying as moot 4 Motion to Appoint Counsel. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 4/27/2017. (JLS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA
APR 2 7 2017
GARANG DENG MACHAM ANGUI,
ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT
U.S.A. DISTRICT COURT FOR
Plaintiff Garang Deng Macham Angui ("Angui") filed this pro se lawsuit
complaining that his application for citizenship was denied. Doc. 1. Angui
claims that his application was first denied because he had not paid certain
fines, but even after he did pay the fines, his application was still denied. Id.
In relief, Angui requests that this Court grant him citizenship. Id. at 3.
Angui moves for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Doc. 2. An
applicant may commencement suit without prepayment of fees if he shows he
is unable to pay the costs of the lawsuit. 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Determining
whether an applicant qualifies to proceed in forma pauperis is committed to
the court's discretion. Lee v. McDonald's Corp., 231 F.3d 455, 458 (8th Cir.
2000)(citation omitted). "In forma pauperis status does not require a litigant
to demonstrate absolute destitution." Id. at 459. This Court finds that Angui is
qualified to proceed in forma pauperis, and his motion is granted.
In his complaint, Angui alleges that he has already appealed the
decision to deny his application to "Immigration." Doc. 1 at 1. It is unclear
from his complaint whether Angui is still appealing or will be refiling his
citizenship application. Regardless, this Court cannot provide Angui legal
advice on what to do, and a lawsuit in this Court is an inappropriate vehicle to
pursue citizenship. This Court cannot unilaterally grant him the relief he
seeks: immediate grant of citizenship as a way of bypassing procedures in
place to determine citizenship. Therefore, the Court finds that Angui fails to
state a claim upon which relief may be granted, and his complaint is
dismissed. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) ("the court shall dismiss the case at
any time if the court determines that . . . the action . . . fails to state a claim
on which relief may be granted").
Accordingly, it is ORDERED
1. Angui's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Doc. 2) is
2. Angui's complaint is dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be
3. Angui's motion to appoint counsel(Doc. 4) is denied as moot.
Dated April 37. 2017.
BY THE COURT:
ROBERTO A. LANGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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