Demetrio Felix ZARATE, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: August 19, 2020
Before: SCHROEDER, TROTT, and SILVERMAN, Circuit Judges.
Inna Lipkin, Esquire, Counsel, Law Offices of Inna Lipkin, Redwood City, CA, for Petitioner Katherine S. Fischer, Trial 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
Demetrio Felix Zarate, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order denying his second motion to reopen. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the denial of a motion to reopen and review de novo determinations of purely legal questions and claims of due process violations. Cano-Merida v. INS, 311 F.3d 960, 964 (9th Cir. 2002). We deny the petition for review.
The BIA denied Zarate's motion for permissible reasons, including that he failed to establish a prima facie case for the relief he sought and that he failed to establish that he qualified for the exception to the filing deadline for motions to reopen by introducing previously unavailable, material evidence. 8 U.S.C. § 1229a(c)(7)(A), (C)(ii); 8 C.F.R. § 1003.2(c)(3)(ii); Najmabadi v. Holder, 597 F.3d 983, 986 (9th Cir. 2010); see also Zarate v. Holder, 424 F. App'x 675, 676 (9th Cir. 2011) (denying Zarate's first petition for review); Zarate v. Holder, 575 F. App'x 773 (9th Cir. 2014) (denying his second). For example, as the BIA noted, Zarate did not introduce evidence persuasively showing “that the death of his cousin was in any way related to [Zarate], or that the death was, in fact, a murder.”
As for Zarate's other contentions, the BIA did not err in finding that he did not establish a prima facie case of membership in a cognizable social group. See Reyes v. Lynch, 842 F.3d 1125, 1131 (9th Cir. 2016); see also Delgado-Ortiz v. Holder, 600 F.3d 1148, 1151-52 (9th Cir. 2010) (concluding that “returning Mexicans from the United States” did not constitute a particular social group). The record does not support Zarate's contention that the BIA failed to consider the evidence and arguments he presented.
PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
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