Abisuk Sinsaeng v. Merrick Garland

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS AUG 26 2022 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT ABISUK SINSAENG, AKA Apisuk Andy No. 18-72975 Sinsaeng, AKA Avisuk Andy Sinsaeng, Agency No. A037-571-413 Petitioner, v. MEMORANDUM* MERRICK B. GARLAND, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Argued and Submitted February 11, 2022 San Francisco, California Before: HURWITZ and VANDYKE, Circuit Judges, and MOSKOWITZ,** District Judge. Dissent by Judge VANDYKE. Abisuk Sinsaeng, a native and citizen of Thailand, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s (“IJ”) decision finding him removable and denying his motion * This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3. ** The Honorable Barry Ted Moskowitz, United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, sitting by designation. to terminate. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(D). We review de novo questions of law. Cerezo v. Mukasey, 512 F.3d 1163, 1166 (9th Cir. 2008). We grant the petition for review and remand. Sinsaeng was charged with removability because of his convictions under California Penal Code (“CPC”) § 136.1(b)(1) and CPC § 243.4. The IJ held that Sinsaeng was removable because his CPC § 136.1(b)(1) convictions were offenses relating to obstruction of justice and his CPC § 243.4 and CPC § 136.1(b)(1) convictions were crimes of moral turpitude. On remand from this Court after a prior petition for review, the BIA held that Sinsaeng was removable because the CPC § 136.1(b)(1) convictions were offenses relating to obstruction of justice under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(S), and thus aggravated felonies. The BIA did not address whether Sinsaeng was removable for crimes of moral turpitude. In Cordero-Garcia v. Garland, we recently held that CPC § 136.1(b)(1) is not an aggravated felony under § 1101(a)(43)(S). No. 19-72779, 2022 WL 3350714, at *6 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2022). Thus, the charge of removability that Sinsaeng was convicted of an offense relating to obstruction of justice cannot be sustained and his petition must be granted. We remand to the agency for further proceedings consistent with this order. See Andia v. Ashcroft, 359 F.3d 1181, 1184 (9th Cir. 2004) (“In reviewing the decision of the BIA, we consider only the grounds relied upon by that agency. If 2 we conclude that the BIA’s decision cannot be sustained upon its reasoning, we must remand to allow the agency to decide any issues remaining in the case.”). PETITION FOR REVIEW GRANTED; REMANDED. VANDYKE, Circuit Judge, dissenting. For the reasons set forth in my dissent in Cordero-Garcia v. Garland, No. 19- 72779, 2022 WL 3350714 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2022), I dissent in this case as well. 3 18-72975 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Abisuk Sinsaeng v. Merrick Garland 26 August 2022 Agency Unpublished 6cef91ad056fa3d232cba6d140289a137083ca2f

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