Alberto Sanchez Mejia v. Jefferson Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FEB 22 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT ALBERTO SANCHEZ MEJIA, No. 15-72723 Petitioner, Agency No. A099-739-956 v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted February 13, 2018** Before: LEAVY, FERNANDEZ, and MURGUIA, Circuit Judges. Alberto Sanchez Mejia, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying his application for withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction * This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3. ** The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2). under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence the agency’s factual findings. Silaya v. Mukasey, 524 F.3d 1066, 1070 (9th Cir. 2008). We deny the petition for review. Substantial evidence supports the BIA’s determination that Mejia failed to demonstrate a nexus between the harm he fears and a protected ground. See Zetino v. Holder, 622 F.3d 1007, 1016 (9th Cir. 2010) (applicant’s desire to be free from harassment by criminals motivated by theft or random violence by gang members bears no nexus to a protected ground). Thus, Mejia’s withholding of removal claim fails. Substantial evidence also supports the agency’s denial of CAT relief because Mejia failed to show it is more likely than not that he will be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the government of Mexico. See Aden v. Holder, 589 F.3d 1040, 1047 (9th Cir. 2009). PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED. 2 15-72723 15-72723 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Alberto Sanchez Mejia v. Jefferson Sessions 22 February 2018 Agency Unpublished 18f830f90a79077ec934c7a8775a8a58511e2207

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