Ghullam Reza KHAVARI, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: February 11, 2020
Before: CLIFTON and LEE, Circuit Judges, and BLOCK, * District Judge.
Violeta Delgado, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Violeta Delgado, Santa Ana, CA, Negar Natalie Ghayoumi, Esquire, Attorney, Law office of N. Natalie Ghayoumi, Riverside, CA, for Petitioner Andrea Gevas, 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
Ghullam Reza Khavari, a native and citizen of Afghanistan, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeal’s decision affirming the denial of his asylum and withholding of removal applications. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252, and we deny the petition.
1. We review the denial of asylum for substantial evidence. See Silva-Pereira v. Lynch, 827 F.3d 1176, 1184 (9th Cir. 2016). We must affirm the BIA’s decision unless “the evidence not only supports a contrary conclusion, but compels it.” Id. (quoting Huang v. Holder, 744 F.3d 1149, 1152 (9th Cir. 2014)).
2. Substantial evidence supports the BIA’s decision to affirm the Immigration Judge’s adverse credibility determination. Khavari was non-responsive and inconsistent when testifying about his wife and her family’s attempts to receive documentation. Khavari also gave inconsistent testimony about the threat he received in Venezuela (e.g., specifically whether he was paid and whether he knew the name of the person who threatened him). The record does not “compel” a finding that Khavari is eligible for relief. See Silva-Pereira, 827 F.3d at 1184.
3. Khavari also challenges the alternate country designations of Iran, Venezuela, and Canada for his removal. But Khavari designated Canada as an alternate country, and he did not object before the Immigration Judge to the Department of Homeland Security’s designations of Iran and Venezuela. Therefore, Khavari waived his challenge to the alternative country designations.
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