Polanco-Bocio v. Holder et al
-CLERK TO FOLLOW UP---DECISION AND ORDER granting Respondent's Motion to Dismiss the Petition. Leave to appeal as a poor person is denied. Petitioner must file a notice of appeal within 60 days of the date of the judgment of this action with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Signed by Hon. John T. Curtin on 12/18/2013. (JEC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
ISIDRO TOMAS POLANCO-BOCIO,
DECISION and ORDER
-vERIC HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, et al.,
Petitioner, Isidro Tomas Polanco-Bocio, filed a petition for habeas corpus relief,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, challenging his continued administrative custody/detention
pending removal. (Docket No. 1).1 Respondents have filed a motion to dismiss the petition
as moot inasmuch as petitioner’s removal was effected on or about November 5, 2013, by
the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“DHS/ICE”).
(Docket No. 8, Motion to Dismiss, Affidavit of Gail Y. Mitchell, Esq., sworn to December 10,
2013, ¶ ¶ 4-5, and Exhibit A, Warrant of Removal/Deportation). Respondents’ counsel has
submitted a copy of the Warrant/Removal Deportation of DHS/ICE verifying the petitioner’s
removal. (Id., Exhibit A).
Because petitioner could not and did not challenge his final order of removal in this Court, a stay of
removal was not entered. See, e.g., Sikder v. Gonzalez, No. 05cv01833WYDMJW, 2006 WL 1149153, at
*5 (D. Col., April 28 ,2006) (“Nevertheless, pursuant to the [REAL ID] Act, this court is without jurisdiction to
hear the petitioner’s claims or to grant him the relief he seeks in his motion, such as a stay of the order of
removal.”) (Order Affirming and Adopting Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation) (citations
omitted); Morillo v. DHS & Bice Detention Center, No. 9:06-CV-340 (NAM)(DEP), 2006 WL 1007645, at *1
(N.D.N.Y., April 17, 2006) (“[m]oreover, to the extent that Petitioner is only seeking a stay of his removal, this
Court would also be without jurisdiction to address this request.”); Aime v. Department of Homeland Security,
No. 05-CV-0544F, 2005 WL 1971894, *1 (W.D.N.Y. Aug. 16, 2005) (“since petitioner challenges an order of
removal within the meaning of the REAL ID Act, § 106(b) . . . this Court has no jurisdiction to review the merits
of the petition or to stay the order of removal.”).
Accordingly, in light of the fact that petitioner’s removal has been effected and he no
longer is in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, the respondents’ motion
to dismiss the petition is granted and the petition is dismissed.2
The Court hereby certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that any appeal from
this judgment would not be taken in good faith and therefore denies leave to appeal as a
poor person. Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438 (1962).
Petitioner must file any notice of appeal with the Clerk's Office, United States District
Court, Western District of New York, within sixty (60) days of the date of judgment in this
action. Requests to proceed on appeal as a poor person must be filed with the United
States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in accordance with the requirements of Rule
24 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
IT HEREBY IS ORDERED, that the petition is dismissed; and
FURTHER, that leave to appeal as a poor person is denied.
______\s\ John T. Curtin________
JOHN T. CURTIN
United States District Judge
December 18, 2013
Buffalo, New York
See Arthur v. DHS/ICE, No. 09-CV-6130-CJS-VEB (W.D.N.Y. April 15, 2010) (Dkt. #19, Report and
Recommendation) (petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking release from detention pending removal moot
upon removal of petitioner); Masoud v. Filip, NO. 08-CV-6345-CJSVEB, 2009 WL 223006 (W.D.N.Y., January
27, 2009) (confirming Report and Recommendation of U.S.M.J. Victor E. Bianchini) (petition for a writ of
habeas corpus filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 seeking release from detention pending removal moot upon
release of petitioner from detention pursuant to an Order of Supervision). See also So v. Reno, 251 F. Supp.
2d 1112, 1124 (E.D.N.Y. 2003) (“[petitioner’s] challenge to the lawfulness of the length of time that he has
been held in the physical custody of the INS is moot. Since Mr. So has already been deported, it is impossible
to grant his request for supervised release or release on bond or supervision until he can be deported.”).
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