Antwi v. Lynch et al

Filing 11

DECISION AND ORDER granting respondents' motion to dismiss the petition on grounds of mootness 9 . The petition is dismissed and petitioner's leave to appeal as a poor person is denied. SO ORDERED. Signed by Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo on 11/29/2017. (Chambers mailed a copy of the decision and order to petitioner, Michael Antwi). (CMD)-CLERK TO FOLLOW UP-

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ____________________________________ MICHAEL ANTWI, A073-149-503, Petitioner, v. DECISION AND ORDER 15-CV-1072 JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General of the United States; THOMAS P. BROPHY, Acting Director, Buffalo Field Office, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; and TODD TRYON, Facility Director, Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, Respondents 1. ____________________________________ The pro se petitioner, Michael Antwi, seeks relief from his continued administrative custody/detention pending removal under 28 United States Code Section 2241. For the reasons set forth below, the respondents’ motion to dismiss is granted, and Antwi’s petition is dismissed as moot. On February 27, 2015, after he was released from custody by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Antwi was taken into custody by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. See Docket Item 1. Following removal proceedings, on or about June 19, 2015, Antwi was ordered removed to his native country, Ghana. Id. His actual 1 The Clerk of Court shall amend the caption as set forth above. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d) (automatic substitution of public officers). removal took some time, however, and on December 21, 2015, Antwi filed the instant petition challenging his continued administrative custody/detention pending removal. Id. 2 The respondents now have moved to dismiss the petition as moot because Antwi was removed to Ghana on or about August 29, 2017. Docket Items 9 and 9-1. Counsel for the respondents has submitted a copy of the United States Department of Homeland Security "Warrant of Removal/Deportation" verifying the petitioner’s removal. Docket Item 9-1. Accordingly, because Antwi now has been removed and no longer is in the custody of the United States Department of Homeland Security, his petition is moot, the respondents’ motion to dismiss the petition is granted, and the petition is dismissed. 3 2 Because Antwi did not challenge his final order of removal in this Court, and because this Court would not have had jurisdiction to address such a challenge had it been brought, a stay of removal was not entered. See Docket Item 2; see, e.g., Morillo v. DHS & Bice Det. Ctr., 2006 WL 1007645, at *1 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 17, 2006) ("Moreover, to the extent that [p]etitioner is only seeking a stay of his removal, this Court would also be without jurisdiction to address this request."); Aime v. DHS, 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, [Section] 106(b) . . . this Court has no jurisdiction to review the merits of the petition or to stay the order of removal."). 3 See Arthur v. DHS/ICE, 713 F. Supp. 2d 179 (W.D.N.Y. 2010) (accepting report and recommendation) (finding petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking release from detention pending removal to be moot upon removal of petitioner); Masoud v. Filip, 2009 WL 223006 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 27, 2009) (accepting report and recommendation) (finding petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed under 28 United States Code Section 2241 seeking release from detention pending removal to be moot upon release of petitioner from detention pursuant to order of supervision); see also Leybinsky v. ICE, 553 Fed. Appx. 108 (2d Cir. 2014) (summary order) (finding that petitioner’s release from ICE custody pending removal following final order of removal moots petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 United States Code Section 2241, and "capable of repetition but evading review" exception to mootness doctrine does not apply). 2 The Court hereby certifies under 28 United States Code Section 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). The 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 Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24. This Court DISMISSES the petition and DENIES leave to appeal as a poor person. SO ORDERED. Dated: November 29, 2017 Buffalo, New York s/Lawrence J. Vilardo LAWRENCE J. VILARDO UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3

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