Javier Luna Rivera v. Merrick Garland

FILED NOT FOR PUBLICATION FEB 13 2023 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JAVIER ALFONSO LUNA RIVERA, No. 17-72523 Petitioner, Agency No. A205-173-654 v. MEMORANDUM* MERRICK B. GARLAND, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted February 9, 2023** Pasadena, California Before: SCHROEDER, TALLMAN, and IKUTA, Circuit Judges. Javier Alfonso Luna Rivera seeks review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the decision of an Immigration Judge (IJ) * This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3. ** The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2). denying his application for cancellation of removal. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(1), and we deny the petition. The BIA did not err in concluding that Luna Rivera’s conviction under Section 245(a)(1) of the California Penal Code was a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(I). See Safaryan v. Barr, 975 F.3d 976, 981 (9th Cir. 2020) (“[A] violation of § 245(a)(1) is categorically a [CIMT].”). Under 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(b)(1)(C), an alien who is convicted of certain enumerated offenses, including a CIMT, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(I), is “ineligible for cancellation of removal,” Barton v. Barr, 140 S. Ct. 1442, 1452 (2020), as we have confirmed on many occasions, see, e.g., Ballinas-Lucero v. Garland, 44 F.4th 1169, 1173 (9th Cir. 2022); Diaz-Flores v. Garland, 993 F.3d 766, 773–74 (9th Cir. 2021). Thus, because Luna Rivera’s conviction under Section 245(a)(1) was a CIMT, he is ineligible for cancellation of removal. PETITION DENIED. 2 17-72523 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Javier Luna Rivera v. Merrick Garland 13 February 2023 Unpublished a45cbb080cd717ce41c854d0cec3b8fa1bf4b875

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