Konamudi v. Garland

Case: 22-60629 Document: 00516758995 Page: 1 Date Filed: 05/22/2023 United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ____________ United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit No. 22-60629 Summary Calendar FILED ____________ May 22, 2023 Lyle W. Cayce Sreekumari Konamudi; Sajeev Joseph, Clerk Petitioners, versus Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, Respondent. ______________________________ Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Agency Nos. A208 775 538, A208 775 539 ______________________________ Before Barksdale, Elrod, and Haynes, Circuit Judges. Per Curiam: * Sreekumari Konamudi, a native and citizen of India, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) denying her motion to reopen. (Her husband, Sajeev Joseph, is a derivative beneficiary on her application for relief.) The BIA: ruled the motion was untimely; and, alternatively, denied relief on the merits. _____________________ * This opinion is not designated for publication. See 5th Cir. R. 47.5. Case: 22-60629 Document: 00516758995 Page: 2 Date Filed: 05/22/2023 No. 22-60629 Because motions to reopen are “disfavored”, the denial of those motions are reviewed under “a highly deferential abuse-of-discretion standard”. Gonzalez-Cantu v. Sessions, 866 F.3d 302, 304–05 (5th Cir. 2017) (citation omitted). This standard requires a ruling to stand so long as “it is not capricious, without foundation in the evidence, or otherwise so irrational that it is arbitrary rather than the result of any perceptible rational approach”. Id. (citation omitted). Konamudi’s contention that the immigration court lacked jurisdiction over her removal proceedings because her notice to appear (NTA) did not include the time and date of her hearing is foreclosed under our precedent. See, e.g., Maniar v. Garland, 998 F.3d 235, 242 & n.2 (5th Cir. 2021). Next, “we lack jurisdiction to review the BIA’s decision to decline sua sponte reopening”. Hernandez-Castillo v. Sessions, 875 F.3d 199, 206 (5th Cir. 2017). Further, her due-process challenge fails because she has not shown that the lack of a hearing date in her NTA prejudiced her. See Okpala v. Whitaker, 908 F.3d 965, 971 (5th Cir. 2018) (“To prevail on a claim regarding an alleged denial of due process rights, an alien must make an initial showing of substantial prejudice.”). Finally, because her petition fails on its merits, we need not consider whether she was entitled to equitable tolling. See INS v. Bagamasbad, 429 U.S. 24, 25 (1976) (“As a general rule courts and agencies are not required to make findings on issues the decision of which is unnecessary to the results they reach.”). DISMISSED in part; DENIED in part. 2 22-60629 Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ca5 5th Cir. Konamudi v. Garland 22 May 2023 Immigration Unpublished 68c2728cc8e572dda78623b6a9f30d411d3ee1c1

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