Sujan v. Barr et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER: Directing plaintiff to amend petition. Pro Se Response due by 10/9/2020. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joseph H L Perez-Montes on 9/9/2020. (crt,Haik, K)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
CIVIL DOCKET NO. 1:20-CV-00925-P
WILLIAM BARR, ET AL.,
MAGISTRATE JUDGE PEREZ-MONTES
Before the Court is a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C. §
2241 (ECF Nos. 1, 5) filed by pro se Petitioner Chhetri Sujan (“Sujan”) (A#
201775306). Sujan is a detainee in the custody of the Department of Homeland
Security (“DHS”) and Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)
housed at LaSalle Correctional Center (“LCC”). Sujan alleges in part that his custody
is unlawful under the Constitution and laws of the United States. ECF No. 5 at 6.
Because Sujan fails to allege why his removal is unlikely to occur in the
reasonably foreseeable future, he must AMEND his Petition.
Sujan is a native and citizen of Nepal. ECF No. 1 at 5. Sujan seeks a release
from custody because he has allegedly been in post-removal order detention for more
than six months. ECF No. 5 at 4.
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Instructions to Amend
Under Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678 (2001), it is presumptively
constitutional for an immigration detainee to be detained six months past the 90-day
removal period following a final order of removal. Id. After the expiration of the sixmonth period, a detainee may seek his release from custody by demonstrating a “good
reason to believe that there is no significant likelihood of removal in the reasonably
foreseeable future.” Agyei–Kodie v. Holder, 418 F. App’x 317, 318 (5th Cir. 2011).
Not every detainee in custody will be entitled to automatic release after the expiration
of the six-month period under the scheme announced in Zadvydas.
In Andrade v. Gonzales, 459 F.3d 538 (5th Cir. 2006), the Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals reiterated that the Supreme Court’s holding in Zadvydas creates no
specific limits on detention. In fact, a detainee may be held in confinement until it
has been determined that there is no significant likelihood of removal in the
reasonably foreseeable future. Id. at 543 (citing Zadvydas, 533 U.S. at 701). The
detainee bears the initial burden of proof to show that no such likelihood of removal
Sujan alleges that he has been in post-removal detention for over one year.
ECF No. 5 at 4. But Sujan does not allege any reason why his removal to Nepal is
unlikely to occur in the reasonably foreseeable future. Sujan must provide factual
and evidentiary support for his claim.
Additionally, Sujan is instructed to provide the Court with a copy of any postremoval order custody reviews or decisions to continue detention that he has received.
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IT IS ORDERED that Sujan amend his Petition (ECF Nos. 1, 5) within thirty
(30) days of the filing of this Order to provide the information outlined above.
Failure to comply with this Order may result in dismissal of this action under
Rule 41(b) or 16(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Petitioner is further
required to notify the Court of any change in his address under Rule 41.3 of the Local
Rules for the Western District of Louisiana.
SIGNED on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
JOSEPH H.L. PEREZ-MONTES
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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