Hiren Patel v. Merrick Garland

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FEB 14 2023 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT HIREN JAGDISH PATEL, No. 19-70460 Petitioner, Agency No. A096-389-469 v. MEMORANDUM* MERRICK B. GARLAND, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted January 26, 2023** San Francisco, California Before: GOULD, RAWLINSON, and BRESS, Circuit Judges. Hiren Patel petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying a motion to reopen his immigration proceedings. We review the denial of a motion to reopen for abuse of discretion and purely legal questions de novo. Aguilar Fermin v. Barr, 958 F.3d 887, 892 (9th Cir. 2020). * 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). The BIA did not err in denying Patel’s motion to reopen. Patel argues that his immigration proceedings should have been reopened because under 8 C.F.R. § 1003.14(a), the immigration court lacked jurisdiction due to the fact that his initial Notice to Appear (NTA) did not contain the time and location of his hearing. This argument is foreclosed by precedent. See United States v. Bastide-Hernandez, 39 F.4th 1187, 1193 (9th Cir. 2022) (en banc) (explaining that § 1003.14(a) is a “nonjurisdictional claim-processing rule” and that “the filing of an undated NTA that is subsequently supplemented with a notice of hearing fully complies with the requirements of that regulation”); see also id. at 1188 (“[T]he failure of an NTA to include time and date information does not deprive the immigration court of subject matter jurisdiction.”); Aguilar Fermin, 958 F.3d at 895 (rejecting jurisdictional argument where the initial NTA did not provide a date, time, or place); Karingithi v. Whitaker, 913 F.3d 1158, 1161 (9th Cir. 2019) (explaining that Pereira v. Sessions, 138 S. Ct. 2105 (2018) “simply has no application” when considering the immigration court’s jurisdiction). We further note that after receiving his initial NTA, Patel received a supplemental Notice of Hearing, which contained time and location information. Patel also personally attended that hearing. Patel’s challenge to the BIA’s denial of his motion to reopen fails. PETITION DENIED. 2 19-70460 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Hiren Patel v. Merrick Garland 14 February 2023 Unpublished 7a85b84857abd84fca59565a8947929eb5393f46

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