Rodolfo CORDOVA-CHAVEZ, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Nos. 15-72660 16-70304
Decided: April 14, 2020
Before: TASHIMA, BYBEE, and WATFORD, Circuit Judges.
Jaime Jasso, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Jaime Jasso, Westlake Village, CA, for Petitioner Timothy Bo Stanton, Attorney, Douglas E. Ginsburg, Assistant Director, 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
In these consolidated petitions for review, Rodolfo Cordova-Chavez, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s (“IJ”) decision denying his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) (petition No. 15-72660), and the BIA’s order denying his motion to reopen (petition No. 16-70304). Our jurisdiction is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence the agency’s factual findings. Silva-Pereira v. Lynch, 827 F.3d 1176, 1184 (9th Cir. 2016). In 15-72660, we deny in part and dismiss in part the petition for review. In 16-70304, we deny the petition for review.
Substantial evidence supports the agency’s denial of CAT relief because Cordova-Chavez failed to show it is more likely than not he will be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the government if returned to Mexico. See Aden v. Holder, 589 F.3d 1040, 1047 (9th Cir. 2009). We lack jurisdiction to consider Cordova-Chavez’s unexhausted contention that the IJ erred in stating that a corrupt police officer was not a public official acting in an official capacity. See Tijani v. Holder, 628 F.3d 1071, 1080 (9th Cir. 2010) (“We lack jurisdiction to review legal claims not presented in an alien’s administrative proceedings before the BIA.”).
Cordova-Chavez does not raise, and therefore waives, any challenge to the agency’s dispositive determination that his application for asylum was untimely filed and that his proposed particular social groups were not cognizable. See Lopez-Vasquez v. Holder, 706 F.3d 1072, 1079-80 (9th Cir. 2013) (issues not specifically raised and argued in an opening brief are waived). Thus, Cordova-Chavez’s asylum and withholding of removal claims fail.
In light of this disposition, we do not address Cordova-Chavez’s contentions regarding the agency’s particularly serious crime determination. See Simeonov v. Ashcroft, 371 F.3d 532, 538 (9th Cir. 2004) (the courts and the agency are not required to make findings on issues the decision of which is unnecessary to the results).
Cordova-Chavez does not raise any contentions challenging the agency’s dispositive determination that his motion to reopen was untimely filed. See Lopez-Vasquez, 706 F.3d at 1079-80.
No. 15-72660: PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED in part; DISMISSED in part.
No. 16-70304: PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
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