Man v. Barr, No. 13-70840 (9th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Ninth Circuit denied petitions for review of the BIA's orders dismissing petitioner's appeal of the IJ's denial of his application for adjustment of status under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and denial of petitioner's requests to reopen his removal proceedings so that he could seek a waiver of inadmissibility to obtain a U visa.
The panel noted that petitioner acknowledged that his petition with respect to adjustment of status is controlled by Roman-Suaste v. Holder, which held that convictions under California Health and Safety Code section 11359 categorically constitute drug trafficking aggravated felonies under the INA. Therefore, petitioner was not statutorily eligible for adjustment of status.
In removal proceedings commenced against a non-citizen after the non-citizen has already entered the country, the panel held, in light of Matter of Khan, that an IJ does not have the authority to grant the non-citizen a U visa waiver of inadmissibility under 8 U.S.C. 1182(d)(3)(A)(ii). The panel agreed with the district court that immigration judges lack the authority to consider a request by a petitioner for U nonimmigrant status for a waiver under section 212(d)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act. The panel explained that Matter of Khan was entitled to deference where, as here, the relevant statutory provisions were ambiguous and the holding was reasonable.
This opinion or order relates to an opinion or order originally issued on July 16, 2019.