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Khalil-Salim Arbid v. Holder

The Ninth Circuit held that the decision as to whether a conviction is a "particularly serious crime" to bar asylum and withholding of removal is an inherently discretionary decision. Thus, the court will review a finding by the Board of Immigration Appeals that an offense is a particularly serious crime for abuse of discretion. The court found no abuse of discretion here where the immigration judge and Board reviewed the Statement of Facts from the guilty plea, took testimony from the applicant, and decided that a fraud conspiracy that resulted in a loss to the victims of nearly $2 million amounted to a particularly serious crime.