Salvador Ernesto MONTEJO, aka Salvador Ernesto Montejo Morales, Petitioner, v. Robert M. WILKINSON, Acting Attorney General, Respondent.
Nos. 16-72380, 19-71895
Decided: January 25, 2021
Before: McKEOWN, CALLAHAN, and BRESS, Circuit Judges.
Michael John Selph, Esquire, Attorney, Law Offices of Michael J. Selph, North Hollywood, CA, for Petitioner John Beadle Holt, Esquire, Trial Attorney, Juria L. Jones, 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
In this consolidated case, Salvador Ernesto Montejo, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge's (“IJ”) decision denying his application for cancellation of removal (petition No. 16-72380) and the BIA's order denying his motion to reopen and terminate proceedings (petition No. 19-71895). Our jurisdiction is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the BIA's denial of a motion to reopen, Najmabadi v. Holder, 597 F.3d 983, 986 (9th Cir. 2010), and the denial of a motion to terminate, Dominguez v. Barr, 975 F.3d 725, 734 (9th Cir. 2020). We deny in part and dismiss in part petition No. 16-72380, and deny petition No. 19-71895.
As to petition No. 16-72380, Montejo does not challenge the agency's determination that his conviction for a crime of domestic violence renders him ineligible for cancellation of removal. See Lopez-Vasquez v. Holder, 706 F.3d 1072, 1079-80 (9th Cir. 2013) (issues not specifically raised and argued in a party's opening brief are waived). We lack jurisdiction to consider Montejo's unexhausted contentions regarding ineffective assistance of counsel and voluntary departure. See Barron v. Ashcroft, 358 F.3d 674, 677-78 (9th Cir. 2004) (court lacks jurisdiction to review claims not presented to the agency).
As to petition No. 19-71895, the BIA did not abuse its discretion in denying Montejo's motion to reopen to apply for new relief, where he had the opportunity to apply during his proceedings before the IJ, see 8 C.F.R. 1003.2(c)(1), and he has failed to comply with the procedural requirements set forth in Matter of Lozada, 19 I. & N. Dec. 637 (BIA 1988), to support his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, see Iturribarria v. INS, 321 F.3d 889, 900 (9th Cir. 2003) (“[b]efore making an ineffective assistance of counsel claim, an alien generally must comply with procedural requirements [of] Matter of Lozada”).
The BIA did not abuse its discretion in denying Montejo's motion to terminate, because Montejo's contentions that the IJ lacked jurisdiction over his proceedings are foreclosed by Karingithi v. Whitaker, 913 F.3d 1158, 1160-62 (9th Cir. 2019) and Aguilar Fermin v. Barr, 958 F.3d 887, 889, 895 n.4 (9th Cir. 2020) (notice to appear “need not contain time, date, and place information to vest an immigration court with jurisdiction if such information is provided before the hearing”).
As stated in the court's October 5, 2016 and September 6, 2019 orders, the temporary stay of removal remains in place until issuance of the mandate.
PETITION NO. 16-72380 DENIED in part; DISMISSED in part.
PETITION NO. 19-71895 DENIED.
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