Juan Lopez-Ojeda v. Merrick Garland

FILED NOT FOR PUBLICATION JAN 26 2023 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ-OJEDA, No. 20-71093 Petitioner, Agency No. A087-967-194 v. MEMORANDUM* MERRICK B. GARLAND, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted January 23, 2023** San Francisco, California Before: GOULD, RAWLINSON, and BRESS, Circuit Judges. Juan Manuel Lopez-Ojeda (Lopez-Ojeda), a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying a motion to reopen and terminate proceedings. We review the denial of a * 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). motion to reopen for abuse of discretion and we review purely legal questions de novo. See Aguilar Fermin v. Barr, 958 F.3d 887, 892 (9th Cir. 2020). 1. The BIA did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Lopez-Ojeda’s argument that because the Notice to Appear (NTA) did not contain the place of his proceedings, the immigration court lacked jurisdiction. This argument is foreclosed by our precedent clarifying that an NTA that does not include the time, date, and place of proceedings does not deprive the immigration court of jurisdiction. See United States v. Bastide-Hernandez, 39 F.4th 1187, 1193 (9th Cir. 2022) (en banc); see also Aguilar Fermin, 958 F.3d at 894–95. We also note that Lopez-Ojeda received a subsequent notice with the relevant information and attended the hearing. Thus, this challenge to the BIA’s denial of the motion to reopen fails. See Aguilar Fermin, 958 F.3d at 894–95. 2. The BIA did not err in denying Lopez-Ojeda’s motion to reopen on the basis that neither the BIA nor the IJ has jurisdiction over a U Visa petition. See Ramirez Sanchez v. Mukasey, 508 F.3d 1254, 1255 (9th Cir. 2007) (per curiam) (The “United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sole jurisdiction over the issuance of U Visa petitions . . .”). In any event, an outstanding removal order does not bar issuance of a U Visa by the USCIS. See 8 2 C.F.R. § 214.14(c)(1)(ii); see also Gomez-Velazco v. Sessions, 879 F.3d 989, 995 (9th Cir. 2018). PETITION DENIED. 3 20-71093 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Juan Lopez-Ojeda v. Merrick Garland 26 January 2023 Unpublished 50b7c2650aeea367e319324c64f63ffd525d150e

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