Salvador Murgo Pulido v. Jefferson Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS JUN 1 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT SALVADOR MURGO-PULIDO, No. 15-72561 Petitioner, Agency No. A201-179-165 v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted March 13, 2018** San Francisco, California Before: FERNANDEZ and McKEOWN, Circuit Judges, and BENITEZ,*** District Judge. Salvador Murgo-Pulido, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) dismissing his appeal * 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). *** The Honorable Roger T. Benitez, United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, sitting by designation. of an Immigration Judge’s (“IJ”) decision finding him removable under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(6)(E)(i) for inability to demonstrate good moral character. Our jurisdiction is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We DENY the petition. The BIA did not err in affirming the IJ’s determination that Murgo-Pulido was statutorily barred from establishing “good moral character.” To be eligible for cancellation of removal, an alien must prove, among other things, that he has been “a person of good moral character” during the ten years preceding his application for relief. 8 U.S.C. §§ 1229a(c)(4)(A)(i), 1229b(b)(1). The IJ pretermitted the application after Murgo-Pulido’s testimony revealed he could not be regarded as a person of good moral character because he knowingly assisted two of his brothers in seeking unlawful entry into the United States in violation of the law. See Altamirano v. Gonzales, 427 F.3d 586, 592-93 (9th Cir. 2005) (requiring an affirmative act of assistance in order to establish alien smuggling). At least one of the occasions occurred during the ten years preceding his application for relief. Nor did Murgo-Pulido demonstrate that his testimony at the removal hearing was inaccurate or obtained by coercion. See Espinoza v. INS, 45 F.3d 308, 310 (9th Cir. 1995) (the sole test for admission of evidence is whether the evidence is probative; unrefuted statements freely made by alien admissible as evidence unless admission would be fundamentally unfair; information on an authenticated 2 15-72561 immigration form is presumed to be reliable in the absence of evidence to the contrary presented by the alien). Murgo-Pulido’s contention that the BIA erred in failing to address his “state of mind” argument regarding what he knew about how his brothers would use the money he provided is without merit. See Simeonov v. Ashcroft, 371 F.3d 532, 538 (9th Cir. 2004) (courts and agencies are not required to decide issues unnecessary to the results they reach). PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED. 3 15-72561 15-72561 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Salvador Murgo Pulido v. Jefferson Sessions 1 June 2018 Agency Unpublished 754bd2ea34377caa5c23cb6bab80ec689ff95309

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