|ANTONIO RUIZ MARISCAL,
NATIONAL IMMIGRATION PROJECT OF THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD; AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION,
Petitioner was in deportation proceedings when the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) took effect on April 24, 1996. The AEDPA amended the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to eliminate discretionary relief for aliens convicted of certain offenses, including the offense for which petitioner was convicted. Petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, arguing that the AEDPA should not be applied retroactively to deny him the opportunity to be considered for discretionary witholding of deportation pursuant to former § 212(c) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(c) (1995). The district court denied relief and dismissed the petition. On appeal, petitioner makes the same argument and asks this court to remand his case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) for consideration of the merits of his request for discretionary relief under § 212(c).
On September 6, 2000, we abated this appeal pending action on a proposed regulation that would have allowed aliens, like petitioner, who were in deportation proceedings when the AEDPA took effect, to seek discretionary witholding of deportation. The regulation was adopted, and the BIA granted petitioner's motion to reopen his deportation proceedings and remanded the matter to the immigration judge for consideration of petitioner's application for discretionary relief under § 212(c). Because this is precisely the relief that petitioner seeks on appeal, the appeal is now moot. McAlpine v. Thompson, 187 F.3d 1213, 1216 (10th Cir. 1999) ("Article III's requirement that federal courts adjudicate only cases and controversies necessitates that courts decline to exercise jurisdiction where the award of any requested relief would be moot--i.e., where the controversy is no longer live and ongoing."). Consequently, we DISMISS the appeal as moot.
Entered for the Court
John C. Porfilio
*. Pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 43(c)(2), John Ashcroft is substituted for Janet Reno, United States Attorney General, as an appellee in this action.
2. On March 26, 2001, Kevin D. Rooney became the Acting Commissioner of INS. Pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 43(c)(2), Mr. Rooney is substituted for Doris Meissner as an appellee in this action.
3. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.