This is a petition for judicial review of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (hereinafter referred to as "respondent") denial of an application for stay of deportation made by Peter Holz (hereinafter referred to as "petitioner") under Section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), 8 U.S.C. § 1253(h). The petition had originally been filed in the district court, and it was transferred to this court by an order of the district court pursuant to § 5(b) of Public Law 87-301 (75 Stat. 651, 8 U.S.C.A. § 1105a(a)).
There is no issue relating to the finality of respondent's order of deportation, nor is there an issue relating to the validity of the order. Holz v. Del Guercio, 9 Cir., 1958, 259 F.2d 84.
Thus, the issue here presented is whether respondent abused its discretion in denying petitioner's application for stay of deportation under § 243(h) of the Act. Does this court have jurisdiction to hear petitioner?
This court has held that it has jurisdiction to determine if the Attorney General has given an alien procedural due process if the Attorney General purports to act under § 243(h). Cakmar v. Hoy, 1959, 265 F.2d 59, 62. But it also seems clear that the Attorney General's decision on an application for stay of deportation under § 243(h) is not an administrative proceeding under § 242(b) of the Act. Ibid.
Here the Attorney General acted under § 243(h), but this is not a proceeding under § 242(b). Thus, the question is: Though this court has jurisdiction to determine whether an alien was afforded procedural due process when the Attorney General acts as he did here, does this court have original jurisdiction or merely appellate jurisdiction? By transferring the petition to this court, the district court apparently was of the opinion that this court had original jurisdiction. There is, however, no indication that this question was brought specifically to the attention of the district court.
The pertinent language in § 1105a, as amended by Public Law 87-301 reads:
This language states that the procedures set forth in Public Law 87-301 apply only to the judicial review of final orders of deportation issued pursuant to § 242(b) of the Act.
It might well be argued from the legislative history of Public Law 87-301 (87th Cong., 1st Sess., 1961, U.S.Cong. & Adm. News, pp. 2966-2970), that the purpose of the Law was "to create a single, separate, statutory form of judicial review of administrative orders for the deportation and exclusion of aliens" and, therefore, this court should assume original jurisdiction of cases such as that which is presently before us. On the other hand, the legislative history
Perhaps Congress would be pleased if this court were to assume jurisdiction in the case at bar. But ours is a court of limited jurisdiction. Congress would not be pleased if this court assumed that which had never been granted. We hold, therefore, that we are required to dismiss the petition on the ground that this court is without jurisdiction. Giova v. Rosenberg, 308 F.2d 347 (9th Cir., decided June 15, 1962, rehearing denied, October 23, 1962), and Mai Kai Fong v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 9 Cir. 1962, 305 F.2d 239. We must await a clear statement from Congress if it desires this court to hear petitions brought solely under § 243(h) of the Act; i. e., to hear petitions such as that here presented under the procedures set forth in Public Law 87-301 when there are no grounds for this court to exercise ancillary jurisdiction. We disagree, in other words, with the holding of the Seventh Circuit in Blagaic v. Flagg, 1962, 304 F.2d 623, and Roumeliotis v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1962, 304 F.2d 453, and agree with Zupicich v. Esperdy, S.D. N.Y.1962, 207 F.Supp. 574, and Foti v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 2 Cir., 308 F.2d 779.
But were we to assume this court has jurisdiction, we would reach an equivalent result on the merits. This is because the facts as set forth by petitioner show that respondent has ordered him to be deported to (West) Germany and, because he is a native of Rumania, he fears the German government might, in turn, send him to Rumania. And, contends petitioner, if he is sent to Rumania he will be subjected to physical persecution because of his personal anti-Communistic history. If he were sent to Rumania, petitioner probably would be subjected to physical persecution. But there is no evidence that Germany would send him to Rumania.
Petitioner does not fear physical persecution in Germany. Indeed, he had learned his trade there, has been issued a certificate of German citizenship,
We conclude that the record shows that petitioner was given a fair — and complete — hearing. As was stated by this court in Kalatjis v. Rosenberg, 1962, 305 F.2d 249:
But for the reason hereinbefore stated, the petition is dismissed.
Under the new statute (Public Law 87-301, 75 Stat. 651, 8 U.S.C. § 1105a(a) (3)) actions of this type must be brought against the Immigration and Naturalization Service as Respondent. We have, therefore, changed the title of proceedings in this Court from "Peter Holz, Petitioner v. George Rosenberg, District Director, Immigration and Naturalization, etc., et al., Respondents" to "Peter Holz, Petitioner v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Respondent".