Nora Estela CORNEJO-DE FRANCO; et al., Petitioners, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: May 13, 2020
Before: BERZON, N.R. SMITH, and MILLER, Circuit Judges.
Nora Estela Cornejo-De Franco, Pro Se Manuel De Jesus Franco, Pro Se Regina Byrd, Esquire, Attorney, 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
Nora Cornejo-De Franco, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions pro se on behalf of herself, her husband, and her three children for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing her appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying their applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review the agency’s factual findings for substantial evidence. Garcia-Milian v. Holder, 755 F.3d 1026, 1031 (9th Cir. 2014). We deny the petition for review.
Substantial evidence supports the BIA’s finding that Cornejo-De Franco failed to establish that the harm she and her family suffered or fear in El Salvador was or would be on account of a protected ground. See Zetino v. Holder, 622 F.3d 1007, 1016 (9th Cir. 2010) (an applicant’s “desire to be free from harassment by criminals motivated by theft or random violence by gang members bears no nexus to a protected ground”). Thus, Cornejo-De Franco’s asylum and withholding of removal claims fail.
In her opening brief, Cornejo-De Franco does not challenge the BIA’s denial of her CAT claim. See Lopez-Vasquez v. Holder, 706 F.3d 1072, 1079–80 (9th Cir. 2013) (issues not specifically raised and argued in a party’s opening brief are waived). Thus, we deny the petition for review as to CAT relief.
PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
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