Luis Carlos Monge-higuera, Petitioner, v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Respondent, 141 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 1998)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 141 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 1998) .Submitted March 11, 1998**.Decided March 23, 1998

Petition to Review a Decision of the Board of Immigration Affairs.

Before CANBY and KOZINSKI, Circuit Judges, and WEINER,*** District Judge.


The BIA issued Monge-Higuera's final deportation order on April 5, 1997; he was deported on or about September 12, 1997. Under 8 U.S .C. § 1105a(c), "An order of deportation ... shall not be reviewed by any court if the alien ... has departed from the United States after the issuance of the order."

The limited exception we recognized in Mendez v. INS, 563 F.2d 956, 958 (9th Cir. 1977)--that the departure must be legally executed--does not apply. Mendez allowed that a deportation may still be reviewed if the INS violated its own rules in carrying it out--if, for example, the alien was simply kidnapped and removed from the country. Monge-Higuera does not allege that his deportation was not completed pursuant to INS regulations.

The petition is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction.


The panel finds this case appropriate for submission without oral argument pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 34(a) and 9th Cir.R. 34-4


* The Honorable Charles R. Weiner, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, sitting by designation


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