Pedro Guerrero-Lasprilla v. Jefferson Sessions, II

Case: 17-60333 Document: 00514638501 Page: 1 Date Filed: 09/12/2018 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit No. 17-60333 FILED Summary Calendar September 12, 2018 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk PEDRO PABLO GUERRERO-LASPRILLA, Petitioner v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS, III, U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, Respondent Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals BIA No. A040 249 969 Before BARKSDALE, ELROD, and HO, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * For the reasons that follow, our court lacks jurisdiction to consider whether Pedro Pablo Guerrero-Lasprilla acted with the required diligence to warrant equitable tolling. Accordingly, his petition for review is dismissed. Guerrero, a native and citizen of Colombia, was admitted to the United States in 1986 as an immigrant, but was removed in 1998 because of his felony convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and * Pursuant to 5th Cir. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5th Cir. R. 47.5.4. Case: 17-60333 Document: 00514638501 Page: 2 Date Filed: 09/12/2018 No. 17-60333 possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. In September 2016, Guerrero filed a motion to reopen, claiming the decision in Matter of Abdelghany, 26 I. & N. Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), rendered him eligible to seek relief under former Immigration and Nationality Act § 212(c); 8 U.S.C. § 1182(c) (repealed). The immigration judge (IJ) denied the motion to reopen, determining, inter alia, the motion was not timely filed. The IJ determined Guerrero was required by 8 C.F.R. § 1003.44(h) to have filed a special motion to seek relief under former § 212(c) on or before 25 April 2005. The IJ concluded Guerrero had not shown he diligently pursued his rights, given that he waited two years to file his motion to reopen after his right to seek § 212(c) relief was explained in 2014 by Matter of Abdelghany. On appeal, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) adopted and affirmed the IJ’s denial of the motion to reopen and dismissed the appeal. Largely echoing the IJ’s conclusions, the BIA determined “[t]he motion to reopen was untimely because it was not filed within 90 days of the final administrative decision”. The BIA upheld the IJ’s conclusion that equitable tolling did not apply. Further, the BIA specifically rejected Guerrero’s contention that he could not have filed a motion to reopen prior to Lugo- Resendez v. Lynch, 831 F.3d 337 (5th Cir. 2016). Finally, the BIA determined that Guerrero’s action did not warrant sua sponte reopening of the proceedings. Guerrero contends the BIA abused its discretion in deciding not to sua sponte reopen his immigration proceeding. Because this issue is raised for the first time in Guerrero’s reply brief, we need not consider it. See Yohey v. Collins, 985 F.2d 222, 225 (5th Cir. 1993). In any event, we lack jurisdiction to review the BIA’s decision not to sua ...

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