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Cruz v. H. Holder

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 18, 2010
403 F. App'x 304 (9th Cir. 2010)

Opinion

No. 06-73048.

Argued and Submitted November 3, 2010.

Filed November 18, 2010.

Peter Duong, Law Offices of Peter Duong, Myrna Alvarez, Law Offices of Myrna Alvarez, Oakland, CA, Suzanne Nardone, DOJ-U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Petitioner.

Chief Counsel Ice, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, OIL, Lineka N. Quijano, Esquire, M. Jocelyn Lopez Wright, Carol Federighi, Esquire, Senior Litigation Counsel, DOJ-U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent.

On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A070-828-894.

Before: PREGERSON, RIPPLE, and GRABER, Circuit Judges.

The Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple, Senior United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, sitting by designation.


MEMORANDUM

This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3.

Petitioner Norma Paiz Cruz petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' affirmance of the immigration judge's ("IJ") denial of Petitioner's application for cancellation of removal. Reviewing the procedural due process claim de novo, Hamazaspyan v. Holder, 590 F.3d 744, 747 (9th Cir. 2009), we grant the petition.

We have jurisdiction over colorable constitutional claims alleging a violation of procedural due process. Mendez-Castro v. Mukasey, 552 F.3d 975, 978 (9th Cir. 2009). The government's argument that we lack jurisdiction over claims alleging substantive due process violations is, therefore, inapposite.

The IJ permitted cross-examination of Petitioner before direct examination, disregarded evidence, prejudged issues, cut off relevant testimony, and failed to discuss (or, apparently, even to consider) relevant evidence. Considering "the cumulative effect of the several due process violations," Zolotukhin v. Gonzales, 417 F.3d 1073, 1077 (9th Cir. 2005), we hold that "the challenged proceeding was so fundamentally unfair that the alien was prevented from reasonably presenting [her] case," Cruz Rendon v. Holder, 603 F.3d 1104, 1109 (9th Cir. 2010) (internal quotation marks omitted). Furthermore, the evidence and testimony concerned a central issue in determining Petitioner's eligibility for relief, namely, the hardship that her American-citizen children would suffer; consequently, "the outcome of the proceeding may have been affected" by the IJ's actions. Tampubolon v. Holder, 610 F.3d 1056, 1063 (9th Cir. 2010) (internal quotation marks omitted).

Petition GRANTED; case REMANDED.


Summaries of

Cruz v. H. Holder

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 18, 2010
403 F. App'x 304 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Cruz v. H. Holder

Case Details

Full title:Norma Judith Paiz CRUZ, Petitioner v. Eric H. HOLDER Jr., Attorney…

Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 18, 2010

Citations

403 F. App'x 304 (9th Cir. 2010)