Garces-Soto v. Holder

Filing 920090212

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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED No. 07-60053 Summary Calendar February 12, 2009 Charles R. Fulbruge III Clerk LUIS ANTONIO GARCES-SOTO Petitioner v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., U S ATTORNEY GENERAL Respondent Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals BIA No. A27 608 828 Before WIENER, STEWART, and CLEMENT, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Luis Antonio Garces-Soto (Garces) petitions this court for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) decision dismissing his appeal from a final order of removal. Garces asserts that the BIA erred when it denied him a waiver of inadmissibility under former 212(c) (8 U.S.C. 1182(c) (1996)) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and a suspension of deportation. Garces argues that he is eligible for a 212(c) waiver of inadmissibility on a nunc pro tunc basis and that the BIA erred as a matter of law in holding that Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * No. 07-60053 it lacked the authority to grant such a waiver. Garces is not entitled to nunc pro tunc relief. See Vo v. Gonzales, 482 F.3d 363, 366-67 (5th Cir. 2007). Garces also argues that he is eligible for a 212(c) waiver because there is a comparable ground of inadmissibility in 212(a), namely a crime involving moral turpitude, for his conviction of sexual abuse of a minor. Garces's arguments are foreclosed by this court's precedent. See Avilez-Granados v. Gonzales, 481 F.3d 869, 871-72 (5th Cir. 2007). Garces further argues that the BIA erred in concluding that he was not eligible for a suspension of deportation under former 8 U.S.C. 1254(a)(2). Garces also contends that because the BIA failed to specifically adopt the reasoning and set forth its own reasons for finding Garces ineligible for a suspension of deportation, the matter should be remanded to the BIA for further consideration. Garces cannot satisfy the good moral character requirement of former 1254(b) because he was convicted of an aggravated felony (sexual abuse of a minor) in 1993. 8 U.S.C. 1101(f)(8). Accordingly, Garces's petition for review is DENIED, and Garces's motion to stay is DENIED AS MOOT. 2

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