Nelson Armando FOLGAR, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: July 23, 2020
Before: CANBY, FRIEDLAND, and R. NELSON, Circuit Judges.
Zulu Ali, Law Office of Zulu Ali, Riverside, CA, for Petitioner Corey Leigh Farrell, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent
Nelson Armando Folgar, a native and citizen of Honduras, petitions for review of an immigration judge's (“IJ”) order denying his motion to reopen. Our jurisdiction is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the denial of a motion to reopen. Perez v. Mukasey, 516 F.3d 770, 773 (9th Cir. 2008). We dismiss in part and deny in part the petition for review.
We lack jurisdiction to consider Folgar's contention that his proposed particular social group is based on a familial relationship because he failed to raise the issue before the IJ. See Barron v. Ashcroft, 358 F.3d 674, 677-78 (9th Cir. 2004) (court lacks jurisdiction to review claims not presented to the agency).
Assuming the IJ had the authority to reopen proceedings, she did not abuse her discretion in denying Folgar's untimely motion to reopen where he failed to establish prima facie eligibility for relief. See 8 C.F.R. § 1003.23(b)(2); Ramirez-Munoz v. Lynch, 816 F.3d 1226, 1228-29 (9th Cir. 2016) (denying motion to reopen for failure to establish prima facie eligibility for the relief sought).
Folgar does not challenge the IJ's determination that there was no jurisdiction to reopen his initial removal proceedings or the IJ's denial of sua sponte reopening. See Martinez-Serrano v. INS, 94 F.3d 1256, 1259-60 (9th Cir. 1996) (issues not specifically raised and argued in a party's opening brief are waived).
Folgar's motion for a stay of removal (Docket Entry No. 1) is denied as moot.
PETITION FOR REVIEW DISMISSED in part; DENIED in part.
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