Skip to main content

HIRED v. BARR (2019)

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Ahmed Abdi HIRED Petitioner v. William P. BARR, Attorney General of the United States Respondent

No. 18-2904

Decided: October 31, 2019

Before COLLOTON, SHEPHERD, and ERICKSON, Circuit Judges. Ahmed Abdi Hired, Pro Se Peter B. Berg, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, Bloomington, MN, Carl H. McIntyre, Rosanne Perry, Trial Attorney, John Frederick Stanton, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent


Ahmed Hired, a citizen of Somalia, petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) upholding a decision by an immigration judge denying Hired, inter alia, deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).1 Upon careful review, we conclude that substantial evidence supports the agency’s denial of Hired’s request for deferral of removal under the CAT. See Degbe v. Sessions, 899 F.3d 651, 655 (8th Cir. 2018) (this court reviews agency determination that alien is not eligible for relief under CAT using deferential substantial evidence standard; this court reviews agency’s legal determinations de novo, according substantial deference to BIA’s interpretation of statutes and regulations it administers); see also Cherichel v. Holder, 591 F.3d 1002, 1013 (8th Cir. 2010) (petitioner may not obtain relief under CAT unless he can show that his prospective torturer has goal or intent of inflicting severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon him; BIA properly defined specific intent to require that actor must intend both prohibited act and its prohibited consequences). Accordingly, the petition for review is denied. See 8th Cir. R. 47B.


1.   The BIA also upheld the immigration judge’s decision denying Hired’s applications for asylum and withholding of removal. Because Hired has not challenged those aspects of the decision in his opening brief, any claims as to the denial of those applications are waived. See Chay-Velasquez v. Ashcroft, 367 F.3d 751, 756 (8th Cir. 2004) (claim not meaningfully argued in opening brief is waived).


Was this helpful?

Thank you. Your response has been sent.

Welcome to FindLaw's Cases & Codes

A free source of state and federal court opinions, state laws, and the United States Code. For more information about the legal concepts addressed by these cases and statutes visit FindLaw's Learn About the Law.

Go to Learn About the Law
HIRED v. BARR (2019)

Docket No: No. 18-2904

Decided: October 31, 2019

Court: United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Get a profile on the #1 online legal directory

Harness the power of our directory with your own profile. Select the button below to sign up.

Sign up

Learn About the Law

Get help with your legal needs

FindLaw’s Learn About the Law features thousands of informational articles to help you understand your options. And if you’re ready to hire an attorney, find one in your area who can help.

Learn more about the law
Copied to clipboard