Apolinar HERNANDEZ-CRUZ, aka Apolinar Cruz, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: July 23, 2020
Before: CANBY, FRIEDLAND, and R. NELSON, Circuit Judges.
Claire Kim, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Claire H. Kim & Associates, APC, Los Angeles, CA, for Petitioner Tim Ramnitz, Trial Attorney, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent
Apolinar Hernandez-Cruz, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge's decision denying his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review de novo claims of due process violations in immigration proceedings. Jiang v. Holder, 754 F.3d 733, 738 (9th Cir. 2014). We deny the petition for review.
Hernandez-Cruz does not challenge the agency's denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT relief. 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). Thus, we deny the petition for review as to Hernandez-Cruz's asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT claims.
Hernandez-Cruz's claim that the use of a Spanish interpreter in his removal proceedings violated his due process rights fails. See Lata v. INS, 204 F.3d 1241, 1246 (9th Cir. 2000) (a petitioner must show error and prejudice to prevail on a due process claim); see also Bartolome v. Sessions, 904 F.3d 803, 811 n.8 (9th Cir. 2018) (rejecting due process claim based on translation issues where a review of the transcript did not evince translation issues).
Hernandez-Cruz's motion for a stay of removal (Docket Entry No. 1) is denied as moot.
PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
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