Angelina Pedro-Pablo v. U.S. Attorney General

Case: 17-11013 Date Filed: 01/26/2018 Page: 1 of 8 [DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT ________________________ No. 17-11013 Non-Argument Calendar ________________________ Agency No. A202-054-722 ANGELINA PEDRO-PABLO, Petitioner, versus U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, Respondent. ________________________ Petition for Review of a Decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals ________________________ (January 26, 2018) Before WILLIAM PRYOR, JORDAN and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Angelina Pedro-Pablo, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ order affirming the Immigration Case: 17-11013 Date Filed: 01/26/2018 Page: 2 of 8 Judge’s denial of her application for asylum pursuant to § 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), 8 U.S.C. § 1158(a), withholding of removal under INA § 241(b)(3), 8 U.S.C. § 1231(b)(3), and relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (“CAT”), 8 C.F.R. § 208.16(c). After careful review, we deny her petition. I Ms. Pedro-Pablo was born in Guatemala and raised in a small, primarily indigenous village called Pecano Grande. She only speaks Acateno, a Mayan dialect, and is a practicing Catholic. On November 25, 2014, Ms. Pedro-Pablo, then 29 years old, left Guatemala for the United States, transported by human smugglers. She entered the United States near San Ysidro, California on December 7, 2014, and was apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security that same day. The government sought removal and, in response, Ms. Pedro-Pablo filed an application for asylum and withholding of removal under the INA and for relief under the CAT in November of 2015. In support of her application, Ms. Pedro-Pablo stated that, in 2013 and 2014, a man she knew as Jose Pedro Miguel told her he was going to kill her if she “did not want to be with him anymore” and that he was “there to bother” her. This harassment took place along the road that Ms. Pedro-Pablo would take to Sunday 2 Case: 17-11013 Date Filed: 01/26/2018 Page: 3 of 8 church services. Ms. Pedro-Pablo reported that Jose Pedro Miguel was not physically abusive, but abused her verbally. She noted that he made repeated threats to kill her after she refused to marry him and that she was also afraid of being kidnapped because kidnapping is prevalent in Guatemala. Ms. Pedro-Pablo had a merits hearing on her application in July of 2016. In addition to the events described above, Ms. Pedro-Pablo testified that Jose Pedro Miguel was from a different village far away from hers and would cross paths with her only on the route to church beginning in 2013. The real problems began, she says, in 2014 when he confronted her and said that if she refused to marry him, he would find her and kill her. Ms. Pedro-Pablo testified that she told her father about this instance and that she wanted to leave Guatemala. Over the course of 2014, Jose Pedro Miguel harassed Ms. Pedro-Pablo five or six times. Consistent with her ...

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