Alvaro E. COLATO GARCIA, aka Alvaro Ezequiel Colato, aka Alvaro Colato-Garcia, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: October 23, 2019
Before: FARRIS, LEAVY, and RAWLINSON, Circuit Judges.
Alvaro E. Colato Garcia, Pro Se Allison Frayer, Anna E. Juarez, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, Chief Counsel ICE, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent
Alvaro E. Colato Garcia, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions pro se for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying his application for deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence the agency’s factual findings. Zehatye v. Gonzales, 453 F.3d 1182, 1184-85 (9th Cir. 2006). We deny the petition for review.
Colato Garcia does not challenge in his opening brief the agency’s determination that he is ineligible for asylum, withholding of removal, withholding of removal under CAT, and cancellation of removal. Thus, those issues are waived. See Martinez-Serrano v. INS, 94 F.3d 1256, 1259-60 (9th Cir. 1996) (issues not specifically raised and argued in a party’s opening brief are waived).
Substantial evidence supports the agency’s denial of deferral of removal under CAT because Colato Garcia failed to show that it is more likely than not he will be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the government if returned to El Salvador. See Aden v. Holder, 589 F.3d 1040, 1047 (9th Cir. 2009); see also Garcia-Milian v. Holder, 755 F.3d 1026, 1033-35 (9th Cir. 2014) (concluding that petitioner did not establish the necessary “state action” for CAT relief).
The motion for a stay of removal is denied as moot. The temporary stay of removal remains in effect until issuance of the mandate or further order of the court.
PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
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