DECISION AND ORDER
The pro se petitioner, XIAO JIAN LUO, seeks relief from his continued administrative custody and detention pending removal under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. For the reasons set forth below, the respondents' motion to dismiss is granted, and Luo's petition is dismissed as moot.
On April 21, 2016, Luo was taken into custody by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement near Hidalgo, Texas. See Docket Item 1. At that time, Luo claimed a fear of returning to China and sought asylum in the United States. Id. Following an interview by the Newark Asylum Office in or about June 2016, the Newark Asylum Office concluded that Luo had demonstrated a credible fear of persecution or torture. Id. On or about November 30, 2017, Luo was ordered removed to his native country, People's Republic of China. Id. His actual removal took some time, however, and on August 4, 2017, Luo filed the instant petition challenging his continued administrative custody and detention pending removal. Id.
Because Luo 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 1; 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.").
The respondents now have moved to dismiss the petition as moot because Luo was removed to People's Republic of China on or about December 5, 2017. Docket Item 5. 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 5-1.
Accordingly, because Luo 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.
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 U.S.C. § 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. App'x 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 U.S.C. § 2241, and "capable of repetition but evading review" exception to mootness doctrine does not apply). --------
The Court hereby certifies under 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).
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: September 7, 2018
Buffalo, New York
s/ Lawrence J . Vilardo
LAWRENCE J. VILARDO
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE