§ 20.38 V. Deportability Resulting From 2 or More CMT Convictions
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In addition to being deportable, under certain circumstances, on account of one CMT conviction, a noncitizen is deportable “who at any time after admission is convicted of two or more crimes involving moral turpitude, not arising out of a single scheme of criminal misconduct, regardless of whether confined therefor and regardless of whether the convictions were in a single trial . . . .”  Thus, if two CMT convictions have been suffered, the timing of the convictions and the severity of the sentence become irrelevant: the noncitizen is deportable regardless.
 INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(ii), 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(ii). The multiple-CMT ground of deportation was amended by AEDPA to read as follows: “(ii) Multiple criminal convictions. -- Any alien who at any time after admission is convicted of two or more crimes involving moral turpitude, not arising out of a single scheme of criminal misconduct, regardless of whether confined therefor and regardless of whether the convictions were in a single trial, is deportable.” The prior version read the same, except it provided the conviction must occur after “entry.” Former INA § 241(a)(2)(A)(i), 8 U.S.C. § 1251(a)(2)(A)(i), prior to amendment by AEDPA.
CRIMES OF MORAL TURPITUDE " DEPORTATION " MULTIPLE CONVICTION GROUND " COMBINING WAIVED PRIOR CMT WITH SECOND CMT CONVICTION " PRACTICE ADVISORY
Matter of Balderas, 20 I&N Dec. 389 (BIA 1991), held that immigration authorities can combine a conviction waived in a first set of removal proceedings with a conviction obtained after a grant of relief to charge the person with removability in a second set of proceedings. Several unpublished cases distinguished Balderas when the person in a single set of proceedings seeks to waive the pre-96 offenses and terminate proceedings because there is only one CIMT conviction occurring after 1996. Matter of Ortiz-Perez, 2006 WL 3203617 (BIA 2006) (unpublished); Matter of Horns Bazuaye, 2006 WL 3203592 (BIA 2006) (unpublished); Matter of Ayinde Smith, 2006 WL 1558824 (BIA 2006) (unpublished). Judulang had a pre-96 manslaughter conviction, but he also had a 2005 theft conviction. From the Supreme Court's decision, the government did not make an argument that the 2005 theft conviction might be a CIMT that could disqualify him. Judulang v. Holder, 132 S.Ct. 476, 479"481 (2011). In Carillo-Jaime v. Holder, 572 F.3d 747 (9th Cir. 2009), the court referred to the Board's decision that found him eligible for 212(c) relief to waive a 1993 aggravated felony conviction despite a 2005 conviction for running a chop-shop. Counsel can therefore argue that the client can obtain a 212(c) waiver in removal proceedings of a qualifying CMT conviction, leaving only a single CMT which cannot trigger multiple CMT deportability, provided the waiver is obtained in a single removal proceeding. Thanks to Thalassa Kingsnorth.