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CA3 on CIMT: Hernandez-Cruz v. Attorney General

"Hernandez-Cruz argues that his Pennsylvania conviction for child endangerment does not constitute a crime involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”) because his statute of conviction “may be violated without implicating conduct that the Board . . . has defined as - inherently base, vile...

CA3 on CIMT: Mahn v. Attorney General

"Emmanuel Mahn petitions for review of his final order of removal and contends that his Pennsylvania conviction for reckless endangerment is not a crime involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”). Applying the categorical approach, we conclude that the least culpable conduct punishable under...

IJ: TX Assault Not Necessarily CIMT

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández writes: "Courts have long used the categorical approach to determine whether a migrant has been convicted of a removable offense. Along with its sibling, the modified categorical approach, this method of statutory interpretation is central...

CA4 on CIMT: Mohamed v. Holder

"Because Mohamed’s 2011 conviction for failure to register as a sex offender, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-472.1, was not a crime involving moral turpitude, the BIA erred as a matter of law in relying on that conviction as a basis to order Mohamed’s removal under 8 U.S.C...

DHS: Arizona Solicitation Statute Not Divisible, Not a CIMT

Laura Murray-Tjan writes: "I appealed pretermission of a non-LPR cancellation of removal claim to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that (1) the client's Arizona solicitation conviction can't be a CIMT ground of inadmissibility, as the agency had held; and (2) the underlying offense isn't a...

CA9 Upholds Matter of Leal (Categorical CIMT)

Court Staff Summary: "The panel denied Edgar Leal’s petition for review of the three-judge published Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision, Matter of Leal , 26 I. & N. Dec. 20 (BIA 2012), which held that Leal’s conviction for felony endangerment, in violation of Arizona Revised...

CA9 on Evidence, CIMT: Vargas Cervantes v. Holder (upholding Rotimi)

"We hold that although the BIA correctly determined that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 422 was for a CIMT and that Vargas is ineligible for an extreme hardship waiver, the BIA erred in concluding that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 273...

CA5 on CIMT, 'de minimus touching' - Cisneros-Guerrerro v. Holder

"Proceeding pro se, Salvador Cisneros-Guerrerro, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals finding that his prior offense of public lewdness, under Texas Penal Code § 21.07, was categorically a crime involving moral turpitude and...

Unpub. BIA CIMT Victory at Oakdale

"The respondent was convicted under 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(8), for the offense of Disclosure and Use of the Social Security Number of Another Person in Violation of the Laws of the United States. The statute at 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(8), criminally sanctions anyone who "discloses, uses, or...

CA9 on CIMT, Gang Enhancement: Hernandez-Gonzalez v. Holder

"Does a conviction for a felony “for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang, with the specific intent to promote, further, or assist in any criminal conduct by gang members” constitute a crime involving moral turpitude? We hold that the answer...

CA2 on CIMT: Lugo v. Holder

"Maria C. Lugo appeals from the Board of Immigration Appeals’ March 28, 2013 order denying cancellation of removal, and denying relief under the Convention Against Torture. Ms. Lugo argues that the Board erred in holding that her 2005 conviction for misprision of felony qualified as a “crime...

Attorney General Holder Vacates Matter of Silva-Trevino

"On November 7, 2008, Attorney General Mukasey issued an opinion in this matter vacating the August 8, 2006, decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals and remanding respondent's case for further proceedings in accordance with his opinion. See Matter of Silva-Trevino, 24 I&N Dec. 687 ...

CA10 on CIMT, 212(h) Waiver - Obregon de Leon v. Lynch

Obregon de Leon v. Lynch, Dec. 22, 2015 - "We affirm the Board’s determination that Mr. Obregon is removable because his conviction for possession of stolen vehicles constitutes a crime involving moral turpitude. However, Mr. Obregon is statutorily eligible to apply for a discretionary waiver...

CA9, En Banc, on CIMT - Almanza-Arenas v. Lynch

Almanza-Arenas v. Lynch, Dec. 28, 2015 Court Staff Summary: "The en banc court granted Gabriel Almanza-Arenas’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ published precedential decision, Matter of Almanza-Arenas, 24 I. & N. Dec. 771 (BIA 2009) , which held that...

CA5 on CIMTs - Mercado v. Lynch; Hernandez v. Lynch (Matter of Hernandez vacated)

Mercado v. Lynch, May 4, 2016 - "Petitioner Jesus Cardoso Mercado was ordered removed from the United States pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(ii) after the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) found that his convictions for indecent exposure and making terroristic threats under...

CA9 Remands Matter of Ortega-Lopez (CIMT, Cockfighting)

Ortega-Lopez v. Lynch, Aug. 23, 2016 - "Agustin Ortega-Lopez, a Mexican citizen, contends that his misdemeanor conviction for participating in cockfighting in violation of the Unlawful Animal Venture Prohibition, 7 U.S.C. § 2156(a)(1), does not qualify as a categorical crime involving moral...

CA7 on CIMT, False Use of SSN: Arias v. Lynch

Arias v. Lynch, Aug. 24, 2016 - "We grant the petition and remand the case to the Board for further proceedings. Arias was convicted under a statute making it a federal crime to misrepresent a social security number to be one’s own “for any … purpose.” 42 U.S.C. § 408...

AAO 212(h) CIMT Victory: Matter of A-A-N-V-

Matter of A-A-N-V-, ID# 14511 (AAO Feb. 26, 2016) - "The record reflects that on 1997, in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Florida, the Applicant was convicted of Burglary of Conveyance, a third degree felony, in violation for Fla. Stat.§ 810.02(1). The record further reflects that on...

BIA on CIMT, Criminal Copyright Infringement - Matter of Zaragoza-Vaquero, 26 I&N Dec. 814 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Zaragoza-Vaquero, 26 I&N Dec. 814 (BIA 2016) - The offense of criminal copyright infringement in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 506(a)(1)(A)(2012) and 18 U.S.C. § 2319(b)(1) (2012) is a crime involving moral turpitude.

BIA on CIMTs - Silva-Trevino III - 26 I&N Dec. 826 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Silva-Trevino, 26 I&N Dec. 826 (BIA 2016) Headnotes: (1) The categorical and modified categorical approaches provide the proper framework for determining whether a conviction is for a crime involving moral turpitude. (2) Unless the controlling case law of the governing Federal court...

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016) - A fraud waiver under section 237(a)(1)(H) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(1)(H) (2012), cannot waive an alien’s removability under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) for having been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude...

BIA on CIMT, Arizona Shoplifting: Matter of Diaz-Lizarraga, 26 I&N Dec. 847 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Diaz-Lizarraga, 26 I&N Dec. 847 (BIA 2016) - (1) A theft offense is a crime involving moral turpitude if it involves a taking or exercise of control over another’s property without consent and with an intent to deprive the owner of his property either permanently or under circumstances...

BIA on CIMT, NY Petit Larceny: Matter of Obeya, 26 I&N Dec. 856 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Obeya, 26 I&N Dec. 856 (BIA 2016) - Petit larceny in violation of section 155.25 of the New York Penal Law, which requires an intent to deprive the owner of his property either permanently or under circumstances where the owner’s property rights are substantially eroded, is categorically...

CA9 on CIMT: Duran v. Lynch

Duran v. Lynch, Jan. 20, 2017 - "This immigration case turns on whether California Penal Code section 136.1(a),California’s witness tampering statute, is a categorical crime involving moral turpitude. ... We grant the petition with respect to Duran’s application for cancellation of removal...

CA10 on CIMT: Flores-Molina v. Sessions

Flores-Molina v. Sessions, Mar. 7, 2017 - "Francisco Flores-Molina is an undocumented alien subject to removal from the United States. An immigration judge determined he is ineligible for cancellation of removal because he has been convicted of a “crime involving moral turpitude.” The...