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Doe v. Gonzalez

United States District Court, E.D. Wisconsin

December 11, 2019

JANE DOE, Petitioner,
v.
TONY GONZALEZ, ET. AL, Respondents.

          RULE 4 SCREENING AND ORDER ON MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL AND MOTION TO PROCEED UNDER PSEUDONYM “JANE DOE”

          WILLIAM E. DUFFIN U.S. Magistrate Judge

         1. Rule 4 Screening

         Although Jane Doe's petition seeks other forms of relief, at this preliminary stage the court is concerned only with her petition for habeas relief. Jane Doe is incarcerated at the Kenosha Country Detention Center in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (ECF No. 1, ¶ 8.) She has been detained for two years. (Id., ¶ 47.) On August 15, 2018, an immigration judge ordered Jane Doe removed and denied her a waiver of inadmissibility. (Id., ¶ 34.) On appeal, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed and “grant[ed] her a waiver of inadmissibility under section 212(d)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(d)(3).” (Id., ¶ 35.)

         However, “[t]he BIA dismissed [her] appeal of the denial of her applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture.” (ECF No. 1, ¶ 37.) Jane Doe then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which granted “a stay of removal during the pendency of her appeal.” (Id., ¶ 39.) The Seventh Circuit then remanded her case to the BIA. (Id., ¶ 45.) In its order, the Seventh Circuit stated, “Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 1003.6(a), the Petitioner's removal ‘shall not be executed' while her case is pending before the Board.” (Id.)

         Jane Doe has an application for a U-visa pending.[1] (ECF No. 1, ¶ 31.) She also has an unadjudicated application for humanitarian parole pending with ICE. (Id., ¶ 46.) On October 16, 2019, Jane Doe filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus and also requested other relief.

         In accordance with Rule 1(b) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Case and Civil L.R. 9(a)(2), the court applies the Rules Governing Section 2254 cases to petitions for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. The court must now screen the petition in accordance with Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, which states:

If it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, the judge must dismiss the petition and direct the clerk to notify the petitioner. If the petition is not dismissed, the judge must order the respondent to file an answer, motion, or other response within a fixed time, or to take other action the judge may order.

         Having reviewed the petition, the court is unable to say that it is plainly apparent that the petitioner is not entitled to relief. Accordingly, the court must order the respondent to show cause why the writ of habeas corpus should not be granted. The Clerk of Court shall promptly serve the respondent by service of a copy of the petition and this order upon the State of Wisconsin Attorney General. The respondents shall answer or otherwise respond to this action within 30 days of the date of this order.

         2. Motion to Seal and Motion to Proceed Under Pseudonym

         Finding good cause, the court also grants Jane Doe's motions to file under seal (ECF No. 4) and to proceed under pseudonym (ECF No. 6).

         3. Filing Fee

         Jane Doe paid the $5.00 filing fee applicable for a writ of habeas corpus. However, her petition includes requests for relief in addition to release from custody. To the extent Jane Doe is requesting relief beyond a writ of habeas corpus, she should file those claims in a separate action and pay the full $350.00 filing fee and the $50.00 administrative fee applicable to civil actions.

         SO ...


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