Serafin Cisneros-Meza v. Merrick Garland

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS JAN 30 2023 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT SERAFIN CISNEROS-MEZA, AKA Sergio No. 18-71372 Andrade-Cisneros, 19-71257 Petitioner, Agency No. A095-768-182 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. In these consolidated cases, Serafin Cisneros-Meza, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision dismissing his appeal of an Immigration Judge (IJ) order denying his request * 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). for cancellation of removal. Cisneros-Meza also petitions for review of a BIA decision denying his motions to reopen and reconsider. We dismiss the petition in part and deny it in part. 1. We lack jurisdiction over Cisneros-Meza’s challenge to the BIA’s denial of cancellation of removal because he advances no colorable legal or constitutional claims. See 8 U.S.C. §§ 1252(a)(2)(B)(i), (a)(2)(D); Torres-Aguilar v. I.N.S., 246 F.3d 1267, 1271 (9th Cir. 2001). Contrary to Cisneros-Meza’s assertion that the BIA applied the wrong standard of review to the IJ’s discretionary decision, the BIA stated that it reviewed the decision de novo. Additionally, although Cisneros-Meza purports to challenge the IJ’s review of the evidence concerning Cisneros-Meza’s claimed rehabilitation from alcohol abuse, we lack jurisdiction to review factual challenges to the agency’s decisions denying discretionary relief from removal. Patel v. Garland, 142 S. Ct. 1614, 1618 (2022). We likewise lack jurisdiction over Cisneros-Meza’s three due process arguments. First, Cisneros-Meza argues that the IJ improperly refused to allow his wife to testify, but he did not raise this argument before the BIA. We lack jurisdiction to consider this unexhausted argument. See 8 U.S.C. § 1252(d)(1); Barron v. Ashcroft, 358 F.3d 674, 678 (9th Cir. 2004). Second, Cisneros-Meza argues that the IJ exhibited animus toward him, denying him due process. An IJ may not act as a “partisan adjudicator seeking to 2 intimidate the petitioner rather than a neutral fact-finder interested in hearing the petitioner’s evidence,” but an IJ can “aggressively and sometimes harshly question a witness.” Arrey v. Barr, 916 F.3d 1149, 1158–59 (9th Cir. 2019) (quotations omitted). Cisneros-Meza has presented no colorable argument here that the IJ “abandon[ed] her role as a neutral fact-finder.” Reyes-Melendez v. I.N.S., 342 F.3d 1001, 1006 (9th Cir. 2003). Third, Cisneros-Meza contends that his prior counsel’s representation was so deficient as to deny him his due process right to counsel. To properly bring an ineffective assistance of counsel claim, the petitioner must comply with the procedural requirements of Matter of Lozada, 19 I. & N. Dec. 637 (BIA 1988). See Melkonian v. Ashcroft, 320 F.3d 1061, 1072 (9th Cir. 2003). A petitioner who …

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