Sok v. McAleenan et al
Judge Indira Talwani: ORDER entered. For the reasons set forth in the attached Order: 1. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is ENJOINED from moving Petitioner, Vibol Sok, outside the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts pending further court order. 2. Respondent shall file a Response to the Petition as previously ordered. 3. A hearing is scheduled for November 1, 2019, at 9:30 A.M. to hear argument on the Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus and for a Writ of Mandamus [#l], including as to this court's jurisdiction. (MacDonald, Gail)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
Civil Action No. 19-12071 -IT
October 9, 2019
On October 6, 2019, Petitioner Vibol Sok filed an Emergency Petition for a Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 3 2241 and Petition for Writ of Mandamus Pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 1361 [#!]. On October 7, 2019, Judge Saylor, on emergency duty, issued an Order [#4]
directing service of the emergency petition. The Order noted that, under 8 U.S.C. § 1252, there
was a "substantial question whether this Court has subject-matter jurisdiction to provide any of
the requested relief." Nonetheless, so that the merits of the petition could be evaluated, the Order
directed Respondent to respond to the petition within 21 days and not move Petitioner out of the
District of Massachusetts without providing the court 48 hours advanced notice of the move and
the reason therefore. Order 2 [#4]. On October 8, 2019, Respondent file a Notice of Intent to
Transfer [#5] Petitioner to Texas at 7:30 A.M. on October 10, 2019. Respondent explained that
the purpose of the transfer was for a consulate interview with officials from the Cambodian
government on October 11, 2019, and that Petitioner was scheduled to be returned to the District
of Massachusetts by October 15. The matter was reassigned to this session, and on October 9,
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2019, the court held an emergency hearing regarding the Notice [#5].
The Petition asserts that Petitioner is a native of Cambodia who was brought to the
United States in 1981, at age 5, as a refugee from the Khmer Rouge regime. Petitioner was
granted permanent legal status but in 1999, following a criminal conviction, a removal order
issued. Petitioner contends that since 1999, he has regularly reported to Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement ("ICE").
According to the Petition, on September 23, 2019, Petitioner reported to ICE and was
told to report back on October 3, 2019. The Petitioner asserts that he was given no notice at that
time as to why he needed to report back on that date. Petitioner's family reports that a notice had
been mailed to his aunt's address "informing that his release ... was 'revoked'" and "[ojther
than that,... he was not... informed that he would be detained on October 3rd ...." The
Petition asserts further that on October 3, 2019, when Petitioner reported to ICE, he was taken
into custody and he remains in ICE's custody. The Petition contends, inter alia, that Petitioner's
detention violates his right to due process and is in violation of ICE's regulations at 8 C.F.R.
§ 241.4. At the hearing. Petitioner's counsel noted further that courts have recognized "an
opportunity to prepare for an orderly departure," citing Rombot v. Souza. 296 F. Supp. 3d 383,
389 (D. Mass. 2017).
Respondent's counsel represented at the hearing that notice was sent to the address
Petitioner had given to ICE, and that notice complied with the requirements of the Temporary
Restraining Order entered in the class action Chhoeun v. Marin. No. 17-cv-01898 (C.D. Cal.).
Neither counsel provided the court with a copy of the Notice, or the operative order from the
Chhoeun class action.
As set forth in Judge Saylor's Order [#4], the court requires time to determine its
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jurisdiction and, if appropriate, to provide Petitioner the relief he has requested in his Petition for
a Writ of Habeas Corpus and for a Writ of Mandamus [#1]. The proposed removal to Texas,
despite the government's assurances that Petitioner will be retumed to this District, may interfere
with the court's ability to provide Petitioner relief that he is entitled to under federal law. At this
juncture, it is not apparent whether ICE has detained Petitioner in accordance with its own
regulations, the federal Constitution's Due Process Clause, or the injunction in Chhoen. Until the
merits of the petition can be addressed, the court deems it to be in the interests ofjustice that
Petitioner remains within the court's jurisdiction.
Accordingly, the following is ORDERED:
1. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, is ENJOINED from moving Petitioner, Vibol Sok, outside the
jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
pending further court order.
2. Respondent shall file a Response to the Petition as previously ordered.
3. A hearing is scheduled for November 1, 2019, at 9:30 A.M. to hear argument on
the Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus and for a Writ of Mandamus [#l],
including as to this court's jurisdiction.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 9, 2019
United States District Judge
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