FALL v. NAPOLITANO et al
ORDER To File Joint Jurisidictional Statement - The Court ORDERS the parties to conduct whatever research is necessary and file a joint jurisdictional statement by April 30, 2013, specifically setting forth any basis for this Court's subject matter jurisdiction. If the parties cannot agree on the contents of a joint statement, competing statements shall be filed by that date. The parties should keep in mind that because this Court rarely adjudicates immigration appeals, familiarity with terminology typically used in that practice area should not be presumed. ***SEE ORDER***. Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 4/15/2013. (JKS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
HON. JANET NAPOLITANO, Secretary of Dept.
of Homeland Security, et al.,
ORDER TO FILE JOINT JURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT
Plaintiff Dior Fall seeks relief from the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals
(the “Board”) affirming the decision of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
(“USCIS”), which denied Ms. Fall’s petition to adjust her immigration status to that of a lawful
permanent resident. [Dkt. 1 at 9.] Ms. Fall alleges that this Court has subject matter jurisdiction
under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), 8 U.S.C. § 1151(b)(2)(A)(i), 8 U.S.C. §
1255, and the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 701. [Id. at 1 ¶ 1.] Defendants’ response to Ms. Fall’s jurisdictional allegation is that it “sets forth legal conclusions to which no
responsive pleading is required.” [Dkt. 9 at 1 ¶ 1.]
Subject matter jurisdiction cannot be waived and “always comes ahead of the merits” of a
case. See Leguizamo-Medina v. Gonzales, 493 F.3d 772, 774 (7th Cir. 2007). Counsel has a
professional obligation to analyze subject-matter jurisdiction, Heinen v. Northrop Grumman
Corp., 671 F.3d 669 (7th Cir. 2012), and a federal court always has a responsibility to ensure that
it has jurisdiction, Hukic v. Aurora Loan Servs., 588 F.3d 420, 427 (7th Cir. 2009).
Congress “significantly curtailed judicial review” of the Attorney General’s deportation
decisions in 1996, when it amended the INA by passing both the Antiterrorism and Effective
Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Unit-1-
ed States v. Anderson, 64 F. Supp. 2d 870, 879 n.7 (S.D. Ind. 1999) (citing Singh v. Reno, 182
F.3d 504, 507-09 (7th Cir. 1999)). The INA now lists multiple matters that are “not subject to
judicial review,” 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2), and of the matters that are subject to review, “the court
of appeals for the judicial circuit in which the immigration judge completed the proceedings” is
the appropriate venue, 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(5). Accordingly, the district court is presented with
very few immigration appeals, and some of those it does see are dismissed for lack of subject
matter jurisdiction. See, e.g., Kebe v. Napolitano, 2012 WL 1409626 (S.D. Ind. 2012).
For these reasons, the Court ORDERS the parties to conduct whatever research is necessary and file a joint jurisdictional statement by April 30, 2013, specifically setting forth any basis for this Court’s subject matter jurisdiction. If the parties cannot agree on the contents of a
joint statement, competing statements shall be filed by that date. The parties should keep in
mind that because this Court rarely adjudicates immigration appeals, familiarity with terminology typically used in that practice area should not be presumed. See Chicago Truck Drivers v.
CPC Logistics, Inc., 698 F.3d 346, 350 (7th Cir. 2012) (“Many appellate lawyers write briefs and
make oral arguments that assume that judges are knowledgeable about every field of law, however specialized. The assumption is incorrect. Federal judges are generalists. . . [and] the appellate advocate must not count on appellate judges’ being intimate with his particular legal nook—
with its special jargon, its analytical intricacies, its commercial setting, its mysteries.”) (original
Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, Judge
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
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Swaray Edward Conteh
John Joseph William Inkeles
US DEPT OF JUSTICE
Jill Z. Julian
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
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