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Lisbeth Duque Mojica v. Eric H. Holder Jr.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT


August 10, 2012

LISBETH DUQUE MOJICA, PETITIONER,
v.
ERIC H. HOLDER JR., ATTORNEY GENERAL,
RESPONDENT.

On Remand from the United States Supreme Court Agency No. A096-538-353

Per curiam.

FOR PUBLICATION

OPINION

Before: Alfred T. Goodwin, J. Clifford Wallace, and William A. Fletcher, Circuit Judges.

Per Curiam Opinion

OPINION

Lisbeth Duque Mojica petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") order upholding an immigration judge's denial of cancellation of removal under 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(a). In our original decision, we relied on MercadoZazueta v. Holder, 580 F.3d 1102 (9th Cir. 2009), to hold that Duque Mojica could impute her father's legal status to herself to meet the five-year lawful permanent residence requirement under 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(a)(1). We therefore granted the petition for review. Duque Mojica v. Holder, No. 07-73098 (9th Cir. Dec. 27, 2010) (unpublished). The Supreme Court granted certiorari, vacated our decision, and remanded for reconsideration in light of Holder v. Martinez Gutierrez, 132 S. Ct. 2011, 2017 (2012). See Holder v. Duque Mojica, 132 S. Ct. 2679 (2012).

Because Mercado-Zazueta is no longer valid precedent on the issue of imputation under 8 U.S.C. § 1229b, see Sawyers v. Holder, ___ F.3d ___, 2012 WL 2507513 (9th Cir. June 29, 2012) (per curiam), we now reject Duque Mojica's imputation argument making use of her father's lawful permanent residence.

As the parties do not dispute that Duque Mojica, on her own, lacks the requisite lawful permanent residence, we uphold the BIA's decision to deny cancellation of removal.

DENIED.

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