IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
March 31, 2008
RUZDI KRKUTI, PETITIONER
MICHAEL B. MUKASEY, ET AL., RESPONDENTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: (Judge Conner)
AND NOW, this 31st day of March, 2008, upon consideration of the emergency petition (Doc. 2) for writ of habeas corpus filed this morning, and it appearing that petitioner seeks to challenge the deportation order*fn1 against him (see Doc. 1 at 7 & Ex. B), and it further appearing that the REAL ID Act, Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat 231, stipulates that the exclusive remedy for challenging an order of removal is a petition for review filed with "the court of appeals for the judicial circuit in which the immigration judge completed the proceedings," 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(2), see also id. § 1252(a)(5); Jordon v. Attorney Gen., 424 F.3d 320, 326 (3d Cir. 2005), and that "the [habeas corpus] process is longer available to any alien, criminal or otherwise, seeking to challenge his or her removal," Kolkevich v. Attorney Gen., 501 F.3d 323, 329 (3d Cir. 2007), and that the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction to entertain the petition for review or to transfer it to the appropriate court of appeals, see Monteiro v. Attorney Gen., No. 06-4830, 2008 WL 189585, at *1 (3d Cir. Jan. 23, 2008) (holding that district courts lack jurisdiction to transfer petitions for review filed after enactment of the REAL ID Act), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The petition for writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 2) is CONSTRUED as a petition for review of the deportation order of the immigration judge.
2. The petition for review (Doc. 2) is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge