Abuya v. Dorneker et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ENTERED: The writ of habeas corpus is granted and Petitioner shall be released under supervision and under the conditions stated. Petitioner is advised that his failure to comply with the conditions imposed may result in the re vocation of employment authorization, arrest, and other penalties. Respondent shall cooperate with personnel at the Chase County Jail to secure Petitioner's immediate release and shall notify the Court in writing upon his release. Signed by District Judge John W. Lungstrum on 08/17/17. (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
CASE NO. 17-2293-JWL
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is a petition for writ of habeas corpus filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2241.
Petitioner is detained at the Chase County Jail in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, under an order of
removal to Kenya entered by the immigration court in Kansas City, Missouri.
Memorandum and Order entered on August 1, 2017 (Doc. 6), the Court directed the parties to
file status reports with the Court by August 15, 2017, and advised that if Respondent had not
obtained travel documents or made other substantial progress toward obtaining such documents
by that date, the Court was inclined to grant the petition.
The Court has reviewed the record and finds that there is no significant likelihood of
Petitioner’s removal in the reasonably foreseeable future. The Court therefore orders Petitioner’s
release on supervision, subject to the terms of 8 U.S.C. § 1231(a)(3) and the following
The Court notes that Petitioner’s Prayer for Relief includes a request for the Court to “[g]rant such other
and further relief that the Court deems just and proper, including Mr. Abuya’s attorneys’ fees and costs.”
(Doc. 1, at 6.) The Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”) requires a separate application to be filed by the
prevailing party within 30 days of a final judgment. 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(B). Any such application must
show that the party is a prevailing party, is eligible to receive an award under this subsection, and an
(1) Petitioner shall not violate any local, state, or federal laws;
(2) Petitioner shall cooperate fully and comply with ICE reporting and supervision
directives, as required by law;
(3) Petitioner shall maintain employment, to the extent authorized by ICE;
(4) Petitioner shall reside with his sponsor in Wichita, Kansas, and all current contact and
locating information shall be provided to ICE;
(5) Petitioner shall notify ICE of any change in residence or employment within 48 hours;
(6) Petitioner shall remain in the District of Kansas unless travel is authorized by ICE;
(7) Petitioner shall provide ICE with written copies of requests to and responses from the
Kenya Consulate concerning the issuance of travel documents;
(8) Petitioner shall assist and cooperate with ICE in obtaining necessary travel
(9) Petitioner shall appear in person at the time and place specified, as directed by ICE,
for identification and for deportation or removal.
IT IS THEREFORE BY THE COURT ORDERED that the writ of habeas corpus is
granted and that Petitioner shall be released under supervision and under the conditions stated.
Petitioner is advised that his failure to comply with the conditions imposed may result in the
revocation of employment authorization, arrest, and other penalties.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Respondent shall cooperate with personnel at the
Chase County Jail to secure Petitioner’s immediate release and shall notify the Court in writing
upon his release.
allegation that the position of the United States was not substantially justified. See Sloan v. Pugh, 351 F.3d
1319, 1322–23 (10th Cir. 2003) (finding that habeas petition challenging confinement arising from criminal
judgment was not a “civil action” for purposes of EAJA and not a “criminal case” for purposes of awarding
fees under the Hyde Amendment); Al-Shewailey v. Mukasey, No. CIV–07–1392–HE, 2008 WL 542956, at
*2 (W.D. OK. Feb. 25, 2008) (adopting Report and Recommendation finding petitioner ineligible for EAJA
fees in immigration detention case based on Sloan).
Copies of this Order shall be transmitted to the parties and to the Sheriff of Chase
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 17th day of August, 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ John W. Lungstrum
JOHN W. LUNGSTRUM
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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