Olvin Aguilar-Pineda v. Attorney General United States

NOT PRECEDENTIAL UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT No. 19-2724 OLVIN ALBERTO AGUILAR-PINEDA, Petitioner v. ATTORNEY GENERAL UNITED STATES OF AMERICA On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA-1: A058-232-045) Immigration Judge: Audra Behne Submitted Under Third Circuit LAR 34.1(a) on June 3, 2021 Before: AMBRO, HARDIMAN, and PHIPPS, Circuit Judges (Opinion filed: June 9, 2021) OPINION * AMBRO, Circuit Judge Petitioner Olvin Alberto Aguilar-Pineda (“Aguilar”) seeks review of a final order of removal denying his application for cancellation of removal. For the reasons explained below, we dismiss the petition for review for lack of jurisdiction. I. Aguilar, a native and citizen of Honduras, entered the United States as a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) in 2005. In April 2018, he pled guilty in New Jersey Superior Court to sexual conduct “which would impair or debauch the morals of [a] child” in violation of New Jersey’s child endangerment statute, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:24– 4(a)(1). The indictment alleged that in June 2016 he had sexual contact with an underage girl. The New Jersey court found that the victim was over sixteen years old but less than eighteen years old and sentenced Aguilar to 364 days’ imprisonment, three years’ probation, and subjected him to reporting and registration requirements for sex offenders under Megan’s Law. In October 2018, the Government served Aguilar with a Notice to Appear, charging him as removable for having committed “a crime of child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment” under 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(E)(i). Aguilar conceded he * This disposition is not an opinion of the full Court and pursuant to I.O.P. 5.7 does not constitute binding precedent. 2 was removable and applied for cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents under 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(a). The immigration judge (“IJ”) agreed with the Government that Aguilar was statutorily eligible for cancellation of removal, but still denied relief as a matter of discretion. The Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) dismissed the appeal and affirmed the IJ’s decision. Aguilar timely petitioned us for review. II. To be eligible for cancellation of removal, a noncitizen must satisfy certain statutory requirements (i.e., at least five years as an LPR, at least seven years of continuous residence, and no aggravated felony convictions). See 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(a). Even if a noncitizen is statutorily eligible, the relief is discretionary and may be denied after considering the positive and negative equities in the case. See Moncrieffe v. Holder, 569 U.S. 184, 204 (2013). We lack jurisdiction to consider the “discretionary aspects of the denial of cancellation of removal.” Khan v. Att’y Gen., 979 F.3d 193, 197 (3d Cir. 2020) (citing Singh v. Att’y Gen., 807 F.3d 547, 549 n.3 (3d Cir. 2015) (citing 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(B)(i))). Although we “retain jurisdiction over determinations regarding statutory eligibility,” see id., the parties do not dispute that Aguilar is eligible for cancellation of removal, see AR 274 (“The Government does not dispute that [Aguilar] has met the prongs of …

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