|SEN YUAN LI, also known as
JOHN ASHCROFT, Attorney General,
Petitioner Sen Yuan Li seeks review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals that upheld a final order of removal. We dismiss the petition for lack of jurisdiction.
Mr. Li, a native and citizen of Taiwan, entered the United States in 1992 as a non-immigrant visitor. His status was adjusted to lawful permanent resident in 1995 after he married a United States citizen. The Immigration and Naturalization Service instituted deportation proceedings against Mr. Li on August 11, 1999, charging that he was removable based on past criminal convictions in Taiwan that he had not disclosed to the agency. Mr. Li was later found removable because he had been convicted in Taiwan of possession of a controlled substance and assault resulting in death. His requests for relief from removal were denied.
Petitioner raises several arguments on appeal, but we lack jurisdiction to consider them. Under 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a)(2)(C), this court is without jurisdiction to review a final order of removal when "an alien . . . is removable by reason of having committed a criminal offense covered in section 1182(a)(2) . . . of this title." Section 1182(a)(2) includes "a violation of (or a conspiracy or attempt to violate) any law or regulation of . . . a foreign country relating to a controlled substance." § 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(II). Because Mr. Li was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Taiwan, we lack jurisdiction to review the final order of removal. See Khalayleh v. INS, 287 F.3d 978, 979 (10th Cir. 2002). Petitioner's contention that he was convicted in absentia is not supported by the record and we therefore reject his argument that his controlled substance conviction should not be considered. We do not reach petitioner's arguments that his assault conviction is not covered by § 1252(a)(2)(C).
The petition for review is DISMISSED.
Entered for the Court
Stephanie K. Seymour
*. This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. The court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3.