Denis Omar MENDEZ-RUIZ, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: June 12, 2020
Before: LEAVY, PAEZ, and BENNETT, Circuit Judges.
Denis Omar Mendez-Ruiz, Pro Se Jaclyn Elizabeth Shea, Trial Attorney, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent
Denis Omar Mendez-Ruiz, a native and citizen of Honduras, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s (“IJ”) order of removal. Our jurisdiction is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review de novo claims of due process violations in immigration proceedings. Mohammed v. Gonzales, 400 F.3d 785, 791-92 (9th Cir. 2005). We dismiss in part and deny in part the petition for review.
Mendez-Ruiz did not meaningfully challenge the agency’s grounds of removability before the BIA. 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.”).
Mendez-Ruiz’s claim that the IJ violated due process by failing to consider his evidence fails, where the IJ considered the evidence submitted and questioned Mendez-Ruiz at length about his evidence and arguments. See Vargas-Hernandez v. Gonzales, 497 F.3d 919, 926-27 (9th Cir. 2007) (“Where an alien is given a full and fair opportunity to be represented by counsel, prepare an application for [ ] relief, and to present testimony and other evidence in support of the application, he or she has been provided with due process.”). Mendez-Ruiz’s claim that the IJ engaged in “name profiling” appears to be a misunderstanding, not a due process violation, and, even if such a violation occurred, Mendez-Ruiz has failed to establish prejudice. See Padilla-Martinez v. Holder, 770 F.3d 825, 830 (9th Cir. 2014).
Mendez-Ruiz’s motion for a stay of removal is denied as moot.
PETITION FOR REVIEW DISMISSED in part; DENIED in part.
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