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BIA on Agg. Fel. Theft: Matter of Sierra

April 08, 2014 (1 min read)

"Under the law of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the offense of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle in violation of sections 193.330 and 205.273 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, which requires only a mental state of “reason to believe,” is not categorically an aggravated felony “theft offense (including receipt of stolen property)” under sections 101(a)(43)(G) and (U) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101(a)(43)(G) and (U) (2012)." - Matter of Sierra, 26 I&N Dec. 288 (BIA 2014), Interim Decision #3799, Apr. 8, 2014.  [Hats off to Xavier Gonzales!]