HEMA v. USA, No. 1:2015cv00055 - Document 4 (Fed. Cl. 2015)

Court Description: UNREPORTED OPINION and ORDER directing the Clerk to enter judgment dismissing plaintiff's complaint for lack of jurisdiction. Signed by Judge Francis M. Allegra. (dls) Copy to parties.
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HEMA v. USA Doc. 4 0l-t#lfliEet llnW,llt @nftr! $tstts @ourt of fBlerut @lujmg No. l5-55 C This Opinion Will Not Be Published in the U,S, Court of Federal Claims Reporter Because Does Not Add Significantly to the Body of Law. It (Filed: January 28, 2015) ABDOUL K. OUATTARA HEMA, FILED JAt{ Plaintifl 2I 2015 U.S. COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS THE T]NITED STATES, Defendant. OPINION and ORDER On January 21, 2015, plaintifffiled a complaint in this court complaining that he is the subject ofan unlawful "self-deportation" program against illegal immigrants. Plaintiff contends that while attending Colorado Heights University in Denver, Colorado, and later while a student at the Community College of Philadelphia, he was the subject of harassment. Plaintiffs complaint does not specify any damages sought. This court is solemnly obliged, on its own accord, to address obvious questions conceming its subject matter jurisdiction. See Mitchell v. Maurer,293 U.S. 237,244 (1934). This court recognizes that plaintiffis acling pro se before this court, and thus the court will hold the form of plaintiffs submissions to a less stringent standard than those drafted by an attomey. see Reed v. United States,23 Cl. Ct. 517, 521 (1991)(citingEstellev.Gamble,429U.S.97(1976)). Having reviewed plaintiffs complaint, this court is certain that it lacks iurisdiction to consider the claims that he raises. With very limited exceptions, the jurisdictional statutes goveming the United States Court ofFederal Claims grant authority to the court only to issuejudgments for money against the United States and then, only when they are grounded in a contract, a money-mandating statute, or the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. See lJnited States v. Testan, 424 U.S. 392,39j-98 (1976);28 U.S.C. $ 1491. This court lacks jurisdiction to entertain general civil rights claims that are not based upon an appropriate money-mandating provision. See, e.g.,Sanders v. United States,34 Fed. Cl. 75, 80 ( 1995), aff'd, 104 F.3d 3 76 (Fed. Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 522 U.S. g3 1 Dockets.Justia.com (1997); Martinez v. United States,26 Cl. Ct. 147l, 1476 (1992), aff'd, I I F.3d 1069 (Fed. Cir. 1993). Nor does it hear claims sounding in tort, or claims involving state or local officials. See 28 U.S.C. $ 1491 Brown v. United States, 105 F.3d 621,623-24 (Fed. Cir. 1997); Shewfelt v. UnitedStates,l04F.3d 1333, 1337-38 (Fed. Cir. 1997). Moreover, to the extent that plaintiff states claims under 42 U.S.C. $ 1983 and the Federal Tort Claims Act, it is sufficient to observe that the court does not have jurisdiction under either ofthose statutes. See28 U.S.C. $ 3a6b)0); Jefferson v. United States, 104 Fed. Cl. 81, 89 (2012); Hernandez v. United States,93 Fed. Cl. 193, 197-98 (2010); Marlinv. United States,63 Fed. Cl. 475,476 (2005). This court, therefore, lacks jurisdiction over all claims made by the plaintiff. Accordingly, the Clerk shall dismiss plaintiff s complaint for lack ofjurisdiction. IT IS SO ORDERED,