Saturday, December 02, 2006

REAL ID Act of 2005 in Action

Spina v. Department of Homeland Security, No. 04-3177-pr (2nd Cir. 11/28/2006) The REAL ID Act -- On May 11, 2005, Congress enacted the REAL ID Act, which, among other things, eliminates habeas corpus jurisdiction over final orders of deportation, exclusion, and removal, and provides that "a petition for review filed with an appropriate court of appeals. . . shall be the sole and exclusive means for judicial review" of such orders. Pub. L. No. 109-13, § 106(a), 119 Stat. 231, 310 (codified at 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(5)). In Gittens v. Menifee, this court ruled that appeals involving habeas corpus petitions "pending before this court on the effective date of the REAL ID Act are properly converted to petitions for review and retained by this court." 428 F.3d 382, 385 (2d Cir. 2005)

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