Epifanio Medrano-Nunez v. Eric Holder, Jr., No. 08-2002 (4th Cir. 2009)

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-2002 EPIFANIO MEDRANO-NUNEZ, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Submitted: June 26, 2009 Decided: July 16, 2009 Before NIEMEYER and SHEDD, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Ronald D. Richey, LAW OFFICE OF RONALD D. RICHEY, Rockville, Maryland, for Petitioner. Michael F. Hertz, Acting Assistant Attorney General, William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Eric W. Marsteller, Office of Immigration Litigation, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Respondent. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Epifanio Mexico, Medrano-Nunez, native for petitions a an order review Immigration Appeals ( Board ) immigration judge s denial of inadmissibility pursuant to dismissing of his § of his request 212(c) and of citizen the Board of from the waiver of appeal for the of a Immigration and Nationality Act. The Board s order also denied Medrano-Nunez s application cancellation for of removal as a matter of discretion. * Because Medrano-Nunez s applications for a § 212(c) waiver and for cancellation of removal were both denied as a matter of discretion, we lack jurisdiction over the petition for review except to the extent that Medrano-Nunez asserts questions of law or constitutional claims that fall within the exception set forth in 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(D) (2006). § 1252(a)(2)(B)(i), certain types of (ii) (2006) discretionary (removing denials of See 8 U.S.C. jurisdiction relief); over Higuit v. Gonzales, 433 F.3d 417, 419 (4th Cir. 2006) ( [T]he REAL ID Act confers upon courts of appeal * a narrowly circumscribed The Board s order found that the immigration judge erred in finding that Medrano-Nunez was statutorily ineligible for cancellation of removal. The Board found the error to be harmless, however, based on its finding that Medrano-Nunez did not merit cancellation of removal as a matter of discretion. 2 jurisdiction to resolve constitutional claims or questions of law raised by aliens seeking discretionary relief. ). Medrano-Nunez first argues that the Board, in violation of his rights to due process and fundamental fairness, erred in failing to reverse the immigration judge s denial of his application for cancellation further proceedings. process violation, of removal and remand for Medrano-Nunez cannot state a colorable due however, because he has no property or liberty interest in his request for cancellation of removal. See Dekoladenu v. Gonzales, 459 F.3d 500, 508 (4th Cir. 2006) ( No property or liberty interest can exist when the relief that the Board sought is discretionary. ). Additionally, erred in considering Medrano-Nunez a prior argues conviction for possession of marijuana when weighing the negative and positive factors in his case. He argues that he was never actually convicted of the drug offense, but received a sentence of community supervision without any adjudication of guilt. Our review of the record, however, reveals that Medrano-Nunez was convicted of possession of marijuana § 1101(a)(48)(A) for immigration (2006) (defining purposes. See conviction for 8 U.S.C. immigration purposes); see Yanez-Popp v. INS, 998 F.2d 231 (4th Cir. 1993) (holding Maryland court s granting 3 of probation without judgment constituted a conviction within the meaning of the immigration laws). Finally, Medrano-Nunez contends that the Board erred in concluding that he was convicted of alien smuggling. He points out that his 1993 conviction record was destroyed in a flood at the U.S. Courthouse in Texas. Medrano-Nunez maintains that there is therefore no proof that he has been convicted of smuggling and that it violates . . . notions of fundamental fairness and Due Process for the Board to prejudice [him] by concluding that he was indeed convicted of alien smuggling. We again note that Medrano-Nunez colorable due process violation. 508. cannot state a See Dekoladenu, 459 F.3d at Moreover, Medrano-Nunez admitted before the immigration judge that he had been convicted of smuggling, and the record contains numerous documents confirming the conviction, including the criminal disposition report. Homeland complaint, and date a of docket-type judgment, and entry an indicating INS the investigative Although Medrano-Nunez maintains that the Department of Security had to present proof of his conviction pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1229a(c)(3)(B) (2006), we find that these documents reasonably indicate[d] the existence of a criminal conviction. 8 C.F.R. § 1003.41(d) (2009); Rosales-Pineda v. Gonzales, 452 F.3d 627, 630-31 (7th Cir. 2006) (holding that 8 C.F.R. § 1003.41(d), the implementing regulation to 8 U.S.C. 4 § 1229a(c)(3)(B), greatly expanded the range of documents that may be used as proof of a conviction and finding no legal error in Board s decision to rely on rap sheet as proof of a drug conviction). Accordingly, dispense with oral we deny argument the petition because the for facts review. and We legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED 5
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