Raja Gulfam SARWAR, aka Gulfam Sarwar Raja, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Nos. 17-73303, 18-71556
Decided: July 16, 2020
Before: HAWKINS, GRABER, and CLIFTON, Circuit Judges.
Garish Sarin, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Garish Sarin, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner Chief Counsel ICE, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, Juria L. Jones, Trial Attorney, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent
Petitioner Raja Gulfam Sarwar seeks review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) denials of his motion to reopen and his motion for reconsideration, which we review for abuse of discretion. Mohammed v. Gonzales, 400 F.3d 785, 791 (9th Cir. 2005). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252, and we deny the petition.
1. The BIA did not abuse its discretion by denying Petitioner's motion to reopen. Although Petitioner's personal circumstances changed when he converted to Christianity, he did not provide “evidence of changed country conditions that are relevant in light of [his] changed circumstances.” Chandra v. Holder, 751 F.3d 1034, 1037 (9th Cir. 2014). The record shows that the deplorable conditions for Christians in Pakistan have existed since before 1994, when Petitioner's removal hearing occurred. See Salim v. Lynch, 831 F.3d 1133, 1138 (9th Cir. 2016) (stating that we must compare “the country conditions at the time of the instant motion” with “those at the time of the prior hearing”).
2. Even assuming that Petitioner did not forfeit any challenge to the BIA's denial of his motion for reconsideration, that denial was not an abuse of discretion. Petitioner failed to identify any “legal or factual error in the BIA's prior decision.” Ma v. Ashcroft, 361 F.3d 553, 558 (9th Cir. 2004) (citing 8 C.F.R. § 1003.2(b)(1) ).
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