Aristeo Sanchez v. Jefferson Sessions, III

Case: 16-60592 Document: 00514224040 Page: 1 Date Filed: 11/03/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit No. 16-60592 FILED Summary Calendar November 3, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk ARISTEO SANCHEZ, Petitioner v. JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS, III, U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, Respondent Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals BIA No. A091 096 457 Before KING, SMITH, and HIGGINSON, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * In 2004, Aristeo Sanchez was convicted in a Texas state court of possession of cocaine. Sanchez was removed to Mexico based on his commission of the offense, which was deemed both an aggravated felony and a controlled-substance offense. Nine years later, in 2013, Sanchez filed a motion to reopen the removal proceedings based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Lopez v. Gonzales, 549 U.S. 47 (2006). Sanchez was denied relief, and his * Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. Case: 16-60592 Document: 00514224040 Page: 2 Date Filed: 11/03/2017 No. 16-60592 petition for review in this court was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction because it was untimely. Sanchez filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) a second motion to reopen its decision denying his original motion to reopen. The motion was based on his counsel’s failure to file a timely petition for review of the decision denying his original motion to reopen. The BIA denied the motion as both untimely and number-barred. The BIA also denied sua sponte reopening, concluding that Sanchez’s counsel’s “failure to meet the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s filing deadline for appealing the Board’s decision does not demonstrate a sufficient basis to exercise our sua sponte authority to reopen proceedings.” Sanchez filed a third motion to reopen, again based on counsel’s ineffectiveness in failing to file a timely petition for review. The BIA again denied the motion as untimely and number-barred. The BIA also rejected Sanchez’s claim that he was entitled to equitable tolling based on counsel’s ineffectiveness. Sanchez has filed a timely petition for review of the BIA’s order denying this third motion to reopen. In his petition for review, Sanchez does not raise any argument directly challenging the denial of his current motion to reopen. Rather, he proceeds as if the BIA has reopened the proceedings, and he argues that his original motion to reopen was timely because equitable tolling of the statutory 90-day deadline was warranted due to the departure-bar regulations. He further argues that the departure-bar regulations are “wholly invalid.” This court will not raise and discuss legal issues that are not asserted by a petitioner. See Soadjede v. Ashcroft, 324 F.3d 830, 833 (5th Cir. 2003) (per curiam) (citing Brinkmann v. Dallas Cty. Deputy Sheriff Abner, 813 F.2d 744, 748 (5th Cir. 1987)). Sanchez has abandoned any argument that the BIA erred 2 ...

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