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ALIYYI v. BARR (2020)

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United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Jamaal Huseen ALIYYI, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.

No. 19-71826

Decided: October 29, 2020

Before: HAWKINS, N.R. SMITH, and R. NELSON, Circuit Judges. Evangeline G. Abriel, Director, Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, Santa Clara University, School of Law, Santa Clara, CA, for Petitioner Jenn Mascott, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, Washington, DC, Katherine Ann Smith, Trial Attorney, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent


Jamaal Aliyyi, a native and citizen of Ethiopia, petitions for review of the denial of his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252 and deny the petition for review.

The immigration judge (“IJ”) found Aliyyi not credible, and the BIA concluded that the IJ's finding was not clearly erroneous. Substantial evidence supports the adverse credibility determination based on inconsistencies in Aliyyi's testimony about his passport and omissions about the harm suffered by his brothers and father.1 See Lizhi Qiu, 944 F.3d at 842. The record supports the cited inconsistencies and omissions. See Shrestha v. Holder, 590 F.3d 1034, 1048 (9th Cir. 2010) (“In the totality of circumstances it was a reasonable adverse credibility determination, grounded in the record and based on real problems with [petitioner's] testimony, not mere trivialities.”). Aliyyi failed to adequately explain the inconsistencies and omissions, and the evidence Aliyyi relies upon to support his claim does not compel us to a contrary conclusion. See Lata v. INS, 204 F.3d 1241, 1245 (9th Cir. 2000).

Thus, absent credible testimony, the BIA properly denied Aliyyi's claims for asylum and withholding of removal. See Farah v. Ashcroft, 348 F.3d 1153, 1156 (9th Cir. 2003). The BIA also properly denied Aliyyi's claim for CAT relief, because it was based on the same testimony found not credible, and he does not point to any other evidence in the record which would compel a conclusion that he would be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the Ethiopian government. See id. at 1156-57.



1.   We need not address Aliyyi's arguments regarding the other cited reasons for the adverse credibility finding, because “[w]e must uphold an adverse credibility determination ‘so long as even one basis is supported by substantial evidence.’ ” Lizhi Qiu v. Barr, 944 F.3d 837, 842 (9th Cir. 2019) (quoting Rizk v. Holder, 629 F.3d 1083, 1088 (9th Cir. 2011)).

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