Campblin v. Chertoff

Filing 920080609

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 07-7434 PATRICIA CAMPBLIN, Petitioner - Appellant, v. MICHAEL CHERTOFF, The Honorable Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security; JULIE MEYERS, Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; MARY LOISELLE, Field Office Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention, Deportation and Removal; ROY CHERRY, Warden, Respondents - Appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. Claude M. Hilton, Senior District Judge. (1:07-cv-00472-CMH) Submitted: May 16, 2008 Decided: June 9, 2008 Before MICHAEL, MOTZ, and SHEDD, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Billy L. Ponds, THE PONDS LAW FIRM, Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, Acting Assistant Attorney General, David M. McConnell, Deputy Director, Papu Sandhu, Office of Immigration Litigation, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Appellees. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Patricia Campblin, a native and citizen of Panama, appeals the district court's order dismissing her 28 U.S.C. 2241 (2000) petition for lack of jurisdiction. error, we affirm. The REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat. 231, amended 8 U.S.C. 1252 to provide that "[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law . . ., including section 2241 of title 28, . . . a petition for review filed with an appropriate court of appeals . . . shall be the sole and exclusive means for judicial review of an order of removal entered or issued under any provision of this Act." 8 U.S.C.A. 1252(a)(5) (West 2005); see Finding no reversible Fernandez v. Keisler, 502 F.3d 337, 346 (4th Cir. 2007) (finding that REAL ID Act "expressly eliminated district courts' habeas jurisdiction over removal orders"); Jahed v. Acri, 468 F.3d 230, 233 (4th Cir. 2006) ("The REAL ID Act eliminated access to habeas corpus for purposes of challenging a removal order."). Accordingly, we find that the district court properly dismissed Campblin's 2241 petition for lack of jurisdiction. In her brief on appeal, Campblin does not dispute the fact that the district court lacked jurisdiction, but instead argues that the district court should have transferred her habeas petition to this court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1631 (2000) for consideration as a petition for review. Because it appears that - 2 - Campblin's underlying claim--an equal protection challenge to 212(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act--lacks merit, we find that a transfer would not have been in the interest of justice and that no abuse of discretion occurred. See Malagon de Fuentes v. Gonzales, 462 F.3d 498, 506 (5th Cir. 2006) (collecting cases rejecting equal protection challenge to 212(h)); see also Jones v. Braxton, 392 F.3d 683, 691 (4th Cir. 2004) ("Congress has explicitly granted the district courts discretion over transfers under section 1631."). Accordingly, we affirm the district court's order. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED - 3 -

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