Justininao Lopez-Moreno v. William Barr

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS APR 25 2019 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JUSTININAO LOPEZ-MORENO, No. 18-71156 Petitioner, Agency No. A088-760-215 v. MEMORANDUM* WILLIAM P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted April 17, 2019** Before: McKEOWN, BYBEE, and OWENS, Circuit Judges. Justininao Lopez-Moreno, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions pro se for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s (“IJ”) decision denying his application for adjustment of status, asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the * This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3. ** The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2). Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). Our jurisdiction is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence the agency’s factual findings, Zehatye v. Gonzales, 453 F.3d 1182, 1184-85 (9th Cir. 2006), and review de novo claims of due process violations in immigration proceedings, Jiang v. Holder, 754 F.3d 733, 738 (9th Cir. 2014). We deny in part and dismiss in part the petition for review. The agency did not err in concluding that Lopez-Moreno was ineligible for adjustment of status because he had not been admitted or paroled into the United States, did not qualify for the exception under 8 U.S.C. § 1255(i), and did not show prima facie eligibility for an I-601A provisional unlawful presence waiver. See 8 U.S.C. §§ 1255(a), (i); 1182(a)(9)(C); 8 C.F.R. § 212.7(e) (providing waiver for inadmissibility for unlawful presence under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(9)(B)(1), but not inadmissibility for reentry after unlawful presence under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(9)(C)). Substantial evidence supports the agency’s determination that Lopez- Moreno failed to establish that any harm he experienced or fears in Mexico was or would be on account of a protected ground. See Zetino v. Holder, 622 F.3d 1007, 1016 (9th Cir. 2010) (“An [applicant’s] desire to be free from harassment by criminals motivated by theft or random violence by gang members bears no nexus 2 18-71156 to a protected ground.”). Contrary to Lopez-Moreno’s argument, Pirir-Boc v. Holder, 750 F.3d 1077 (9th Cir. 2014) did not address a petitioner’s political opinion claim. See id. at 1080 n.1. We therefore deny petitioner’s request to remand. Thus, Lopez-Moreno’s asylum and withholding of removal claims fail. Substantial evidence also supports the agency’s denial of CAT relief because Lopez-Moreno failed to show it is more likely than not that he would be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the Mexican government. See Zheng v. Holder, 644 F.3d 829, 835-36 (9th Cir. 2011) (claims of possible torture speculative). We reject Lopez-Moreno’s contentions that the BIA violated his due process rights as to his former counsel’s motion to withdraw and as to Lopez-Moreno’s application for adjustment of status. See Lata v. ...

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