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Li v. Chertoff
January 14, 2008
YUYING LI, PLAINTIFF,
MICHAEL CHERTOFF, AS SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; EDUARDO AGUIRRE, DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES; ROBERT S. MUELLER III, DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Larry Alan Burns United States District Judge
ORDER RE: ATTEMPTED RESPONSE TO ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
Plaintiff's complaint in this case sought an order requiring prompt adjudication of her application for permanent status. Plaintiff served Defendants but took no further steps to prosecute her case, such as by moving for summary judgment. Defendants, however, filed a motion to dismiss, which is pending.
On December 14, 2007, Defendants filed a notice with a supporting declaration showing that Plaintiff's application had been adjudicated and approved. The Court therefore on December 19, 2007, issued an order requiring Plaintiff to show cause why her complaint should not be dismissed as moot. The Court ordered Plaintiff to show cause no later than 21 days from the date the order was entered by filing and serving a memorandum of points and authorities.
On January 7, 2008, within the 21 days, Plaintiff submitted for filing a memorandum of points and authorities. She did not, however, attach a proof of service. Therefore, by separate order, the submitted filing was rejected for filing and was ordered returned to Plaintiff. Plaintiff's memorandum agreed that her application had been adjudicated and approved, but pointed out that her permanent resident card incorrectly lists her place of birth as Taiwan, whereas the attached documentation indicates she was born in Shanghai, People's Republic of China and is a citizen of the People's Republic of China.
The claims Plaintiff now presented were not included in her complaint; thus, the Court cannot consider them unless Plaintiff amends her complaint. However, because it appears the problem Plaintiff now points out may be amenable to resolution by administrative action without the need for further litigation, this matter is hereby referred to Magistrate Judge Papas for a settlement conference. The Court ORDERS the parties promptly to contact Judge Papas' chambers and set a conference for the purpose of discussing possible settlement. The parties are directed to notify the Court promptly of the results of this conference. The Court will stay further action pending this conference.
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