United States Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitMar 17, 2010
371 Fed. Appx. 757 (9th Cir. 2010)

No. 06-72725.

Submitted March 12, 2010.

The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).

Filed March 17, 2010.

Alex C. Park, Esquire, Santa Clara, CA, for Petitioner.

OIL, Luis E. Perez, Senior Litigation Counsel, Linda S. Wendtland, Esquire, DOJ-U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Ronald E. Lefevre, Office of the District Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent.

On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A070-459-936.

Before: WALLACE, GRABER, and McKEOWN, Circuit Judges.


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.

Sae Joon Kim, a native and citizen of South Korea, petitions for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") ordering his removal. Kim is one of several individuals identified by the government as having allegedly received their lawful permanent residence status through the fraudulent scheme of Leland Sustaire, a former Supervisory Adjudications Officer of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

We deny the petition for review. Kim's challenge to the finding of removability fails because he conceded that he was removable as charged in immigration court. See 8 C.F.R. § 1240.10(c); Young Sun Shin v. Mukasey, 547 F.3d 1019, 1024 (9th Cir. 2008) (holding that where the non-citizen concedes removability, "`the government's burden in this regard is satisfied.'" (quoting Estrada v. INS, 775 F.2d 1018, 1020 (9th Cir. 1985))), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 129 S.Ct. 2799, 174 L.Ed.2d 292 (2009).

We also reject Kim's argument that we should equitably estop his removal in light of Sustaire's criminal wrongdoing. Because "the government is not bound by the unauthorized acts of its agents," Kim cannot show "affirmative misconduct going beyond mere negligence" on the part of the government to warrant estoppel. Watkins v. U.S. Army, 875 F.2d 699, 707 (9th Cir. 1989) (en banc) (internal quotation marks omitted); cf. Young Sun Shin, 547 F.3d at 1022 (holding that "the government cannot be saddled with the felonious, unauthorized issuance of residency documentation by a thieving employee").