Submitted November 9, 2017 [*] Pasadena, California
Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration
Appeals Agency No. A095-685-819
W. Williams, Santa Ana, California, for Petitioner.
Ramnitz, Attorney; Jennifer P. Levings, Senior Litigation
Counsel; Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division,
United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; for
Before: Harry Pregerson, Jacqueline H. Nguyen, and John B.
Owens, Circuit Judges.
panel denied Leonardo Conejo-Bravo's petition for review
of the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision that his
felony hit and run conviction under California Vehicle Code
§ 20001(a) was a crime involving moral turpitude that
rendered him ineligible for cancellation of removal.
panel reaffirmed that California Vehicle Code § 20001(a)
is divisible into several crimes some of which may involve
moral turpitude and some of which may not. Applying the
modified categorical approach, the panel noted that
Conejo-Bravo admitted in his plea agreement that he was
involved in a car accident that led to injury. The panel
therefore concluded that the elements of his conviction made
out a felony conviction for traditional hit and run causing
injuries that qualifies as a crime involving moral turpitude
under current controlling precedent.
Leonardo Conejo-Bravo ("Petitioner") seeks review
of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA")
decision that his felony hit and run conviction under
California Vehicle Code section 20001(a) was a crime
involving moral turpitude ("CIMT") that rendered
him ineligible for cancellation of removal under §
240A(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act
("INA"). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. §
1252(a)(1). Applying current "modified categorical
approach" precedent, we conclude that the conviction at
issue qualifies as a CIMT, and deny the petition.
FACTUAL BACKGROUND AND
a Mexican national, entered the United States without
inspection in 1995. He is married with three United States