Vasllis Tzoytzoyrakos v. Jefferson Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS APR 24 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT VASLLIS TZOYTZOYRAKOS, AKA No. 15-73067 Vasilis Tzoytzoyrakos, Agency No. A078-008-792 Petitioner, v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted April 12, 2018** Pasadena, California Before: BEA and MURGUIA, Circuit Judges, and BASTIAN,*** District Judge. Petitioner Vasllis Tzoytzoyrakos petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision that (1) dismissed his appeal under 8 C.F.R. § * 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 Stanley Allen Bastian, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, sitting by designation. 1003.1(d)(2)(i)(E) for failure to file a brief (after indicating on the Notice to Appeal that he would do so; (2) adopted and affirmed the Immigration Judge’s denial of his application for adjustment of status pursuant to section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1255(i); and (3) denied his application for a waiver of inadmissibility under section 212(h) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(h). Because the parties are familiar with the factual and procedural history of this case, we will not recount it here. Where the Board dismissed an appeal on purely procedural grounds, such as those set forth in 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(d)(2)(i)(E), this court reviews only for abuse of discretion. Singh v. Gonzales, 416 F.3d 1006, 1009 (9th Cir. 2005). In this case, the Board dismissed the appeal under 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(d)(2)(i)(E) for failure to file a brief after Petitioner indicated on the Notice of Appeal that he would do so. Petitioner has not argued the Board abused its discretion in summarily dismissing his appeal. We do not consider matters not specifically and distinctly raised and argued in an opening brief. See Padgett v. Wright, 587 F.3d 983, 985 n.2 (9th Cir. 2009). As such, we uphold the Board’s dismissal under 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(d)(2)(i)(E). Furthermore, we need not consider Petitioner’s argument that his convictions for indecent exposure cannot be the basis for the denial of his application for adjustment of status because he was also convicted of solicitation, 2 which is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Rohit v. Holder, 670 F.3d 1085, 1091 (9th Cir. 2012) (holding the BIA did not err in concluding that a conviction under section 647(b) of the California Penal Code constituted a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude). Petitioner never challenged the Immigration Judge’s finding that solicitation of a prostitute under Cal. Penal Code 647(b) is a crime involving moral turpitude that renders him ineligible to seek adjustment of status, nor did he raise any argument regarding these convictions in his opening brief. 8 U.S.C. § 1252(d)(1)(“A court may review a ...

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