Komi Adade v. Eric Holder, Jr.

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Per Curiam OPINION filed : DENIED the petition for review, decision not for publication pursuant to local rule 28(g). Danny J. Boggs, Circuit Judge; R. Guy Cole , Jr., Circuit Judge and Eric L. Clay, Circuit Judge.

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Case: 09-3670 Document: 006110820705 Filed: 12/20/2010 Page: 1 NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FULL-TEXT PUBLICATION File Name: 10a0777n.06 No. 09-3670 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT KOMI TEKANA ADADE, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Respondent. / ON PETITION FOR REVIEW OF A FINAL ORDER OF THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS FILED Dec 20, 2010 LEONARD GREEN, Clerk BEFORE: BOGGS, COLE and CLAY, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM. Petitioner seeks this Court's review of a final order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") that affirmed the denial of Petitioner's application for cancellation of removal. See 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b). On or about June 13, 1989, Petitioner, a native and citizen of Togo, was admitted to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa. Petitioner later obtained a student visa permitting him to stay until December 6, 1999, but Petitioner failed to leave the country by that date and instead remained in the United States without authorization. The government initiated removal proceedings against Petitioner on August 11, 2004. Case: 09-3670 Document: 006110820705 Filed: 12/20/2010 Page: 2 Petitioner appeared before an Immigration Judge ("IJ") on September 21, 2004, and admitted the underlying facts, thus conceding his removability, but requested cancellation of removal pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b), which requires a showing that the individual: (A) has been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of not less than 10 years . . . ; (B) has been a person of good moral character during such period; (C) has not been convicted of [certain] offense[s]; and (D) establishes that removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to the alien's spouse, parent, or child, who is a citizen [or otherwise lawfully admitted to the United States]. 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b)(1). The IJ denied Petitioner's request, finding that he had failed to show both "good moral character" and "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship." See 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b)(1)(B), (D). The BIA affirmed on the ground that Petitioner failed to establish "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship." Petitioner thereafter filed a timely petition for review, which, as explained below, we now deny for want of jurisdiction. The availability of judicial review of orders of removal is governed by 8 U.S.C. 1252. Under the statute, courts lack jurisdiction to review discretionary decisions of the immigration authorities, including the granting of cancellation of removal. See 8 U.S.C. 1252(a)(2)(B)(i). The statute contains an exception, however, whereby courts may consider "constitutional claims or questions of law." 8 U.S.C. 1252(a)(2)(D). In this case, we lack jurisdiction to review the decision below to deny Petitioner's request for cancellation of removal. See 8 U.S.C. 1252(a)(2)(B)(i). The law is clear that such a decision lies within the exclusive discretion of the immigration authorities. Even though Petitioner alleges a violation of his right to due process, Petitioner's constitutional claim "is merely an attempt to 2 Case: 09-3670 Document: 006110820705 Filed: 12/20/2010 Page: 3 circumvent" the jurisdiction bar of 1252(a)(2)(B)(i). See, e.g., Lopez Gonon v. Holder, 341 Fed. App'x 88, 92 (6th Cir. 2009) (citing Alshareqi v. Mukasey, 295 Fed. App'x 2, 6 (6th Cir. 2008)). Petitioner does not allege any infirmity in the proceedings below rising to the level of a constitutional deprivation of due process. Rather, he alleges that the IJ and BIA did not properly weigh the evidence presented at his removal hearing. As a result, we lack jurisdiction to review the BIA's determination that Petitioner failed to show "exceptional and extremely unusual hardship" within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. 1229b(b)(1)(D). For these reasons, the petition for review of the BIA's denial of Petitioner's application for cancellation of removal is DENIED. 3

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