Apr 14, 2009
LEONARD GREEN, Clerk
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General,
O R D E R
Before: KENNEDY, GIBBONS, and ROGERS, Circuit Judges.
The petitioner has filed today a petition for review and a motion for stay, seeking review of
an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “BIA”) that denies his motion to stay his removal
to Germany pending consideration of a motion to reopen removal proceedings. The petitioner
asserts that due to his medical condition and the fact that he faces arrest, incarceration, and trial in
Germany, his removal at this time violates the Convention Against Torture. See 8 C.F.R. § 1208.18
(implementation of the Convention Against Torture). The Attorney General opposes the motion for
a stay and argues that the court lacks jurisdiction to review the denial of a stay by the BIA.
The court has the discretion to grant a stay of removal pending consideration of a petition
for review. See 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(3)(B). In ruling on a motion for a stay, the court applies the
traditional four-part test governing injunctive relief. Nwakanma v. Ashcroft, 352 F.3d 325, 327 (6th
Cir. 2003). The four factors — the petitioner’s likelihood of success on the merits and irreparable
harm, the harm to others, and the public interest — are to be balanced. Upon due consideration of
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the motion for a stay and the opposition by the Attorney General, we conclude that a stay of removal
is warranted. Because it is our understanding that the government may remove the petitioner later
today, we are compelled to rule on the motion for a stay prior to addressing the jurisdictional
concerns raised by the government.
The petitioner’s motion for a stay of removal is GRANTED, pending further consideration
of the matters presented by the petition and motion.
ENTERED BY ORDER OF THE COURT