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Gordon v. Watts

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 17, 2008

JUKEN WASHINGTON GORDON, PLAINTIFF,
v.
HARRELL WATTS, ADMINISTRATOR; T.R. CRAIG, WARDEN; E. MILLER, MED. SUPERVISOR; AND D. SCOTT DODRILL, REGIONAL COORDINATOR, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lawrence E. Kahn, United States District Judge

DECISION AND ORDER

Currently before the Court is a motion from Plaintiff Juken Washington Gordon for an Order of this Court "directing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to stay all immigration removal operation proceedings" until the pending civil complaint is decided. Dkt. No. 1 at 1. Defendants oppose the request for a stay of removal as premature, stating that Plaintiff's removal is not imminent. Dkt. No. 29.

Firstly, Plaintiff's Motion must be denied because the Court has no jurisdiction to stay an Order of removal. On May 11, 2005, Congress enacted the Real ID Act (the "Act"), which became effective that same day. See Real ID Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-13, § 106(b), 119 Stat. 231 (2005). Section 106 of the Act amended 8 U.S.C. § 1252 by adding the following jurisdictional provision:

(5) Exclusive means of review

Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or non-statutory), including section 2241 of Title 28, or any other habeas corpus provision, and sections 1361 and 1651 of such title, a petition for review filed with an appropriate court of appeals*fn1 in accordance with this section shall be the sole and exclusive means of judicial review of an order of removal entered or issued under any provision of this chapter, . . .

8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(5).

"By depriving district courts of jurisdiction to hear cases challenging final orders of removal, Congress necessarily deprived district courts of jurisdiction to grant stays of removal in such cases. Under INA § 242(b)(3)(B), 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(3)(B), the only court that may issue a stay is the court that will issue a 'decision on the petition.'" Rodney v. Gonzalez, No. 05 CV 3407, 2006 WL 73731, *2 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 10, 2006); see also Munoz v. Gonzalez, No. 05 Civ. 6056, 2005 WL 1644165, *1 (S.D.N.Y. July 11, 2005) (effective May 11, 2005, a district court lacks jurisdiction to stay an order of removal).

Even if the Court had the authority to stay Plaintiff's removal, Plaintiff's Motion must be denied because he has not shown that he is entitled to the requested injunctive relief.

As a preliminary matter, the relief that Plaintiff seeks by way of injunction does not relate to the allegations contained in the amended complaint, as required. See Williams v. Goord, No. 05-CV-247, 2007 WL 703202, at *2 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 2, 2007) (Scullin, S.J.) (slip copy); Allen v. Brown, No. 96-CV-1599, 1998 WL 214418, *4 (N.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 1998) (Pooler, J.) (not reported). More importantly, Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief binding a non-party to the action, which is forbidden by FED. R. CIV. P. 65(d).

In his Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that, while he was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution at Ray Brook, New York, Defendants interfered with his right to file grievances and denied him medical care in deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Dkt. No. 1. In his motion for injunctive relief, Plaintiff, for the first time, seeks a stay of his removal from this country so that he may continue to prosecute this action. Dkt. No. 28. Clearly, the allegations that form the basis for Plaintiff's current motion are not related to the allegations contained in his Complaint.

Wherefore, it is hereby

ORDERED, that Plaintiff's request for a stay of removal (Dkt. No. 28) is DENIED with prejudice; and it is further

ORDERED, that the Clerk of the Court serve a copy of this Decision and Order on the parties in accordance with the Local Rules.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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