Amandeep Singh v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III

United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 18-1567 ___________________________ Amandeep Singh lllllllllllllllllllllPetitioner v. Matthew G. Whitaker, Acting Attorney General of the United States lllllllllllllllllllllRespondent ____________ Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ____________ Submitted: January 4, 2019 Filed: January 10, 2019 [Unpublished] ____________ Before GRUENDER, WOLLMAN, and ERICKSON, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Indian citizen Amandeep Singh petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upholding the decision of an immigration judge (IJ) finding that Singh was not credible, and denying him withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Singh’s appeal to the BIA stated generally that the IJ’s adverse credibility determination was erroneous, without identifying any specific deficiencies in the IJ’s decision. Singh’s brief before this court does not even address the adverse credibility determination. Accordingly, we conclude that he has failed to exhaust his administrative remedies and has waived any challenge to the IJ’s denial of withholding of removal and CAT relief. See Chavero-Linares v. Smith, 782 F.3d 1038, 1040 (8th Cir. 2015) (“Claims not raised in an opening brief are deemed waived.”) (citation and internal quotations omitted); Escoto-Castillo v. Napolitano, 658 F.3d 864, 866 (8th Cir. 2011) (“We have repeatedly held that failure to exhaust administrative immigration remedies precludes merits review of the unexhausted issue.”); Chay-Velasquez v. Ashcroft, 367 F.3d 751, 756 (8th Cir. 2004) (argument not meaningfully raised in opening brief is waived). The petition is denied. ______________________________ -2- 18-1567 Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ca8 8th Cir. Amandeep Singh v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III 10 January 2019 Unpublished 55c4c873289d70e96c72e6d4cd96179012b1b0cd

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