Carlos Montanez Soto v. Jefferson Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS MAY 18 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT CARLOS JAVIER MONTANEZ SOTO, No. 16-72080 Petitioner, Agency No. A095-763-017 v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted May 15, 2018** Before: SILVERMAN, BEA, and WATFORD, Circuit Judges. Carlos Javier Montanez Soto, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying his motion to reopen removal proceedings. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the * 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). denial of a motion to reopen. Martinez-Hernandez v. Holder, 778 F.3d 1086, 1088 (9th Cir. 2015). We deny the petition for review. The agency did not abuse its discretion in denying Montanez Soto’s motion to reopen as untimely, where he conceded the motion was filed past the 90-day filing deadline, see 8 C.F.R. § 1003.23(b)(1), and he provided no evidence of due diligence for equitable tolling of the deadline, see Avagyan v. Holder, 646 F.3d 672, 679 (9th Cir. 2011) (equitable tolling is available to an alien who is prevented from timely filing a motion to reopen due to deception, fraud, or error, as long as the alien exercises due diligence in discovering such circumstances); Carrillo- Gonzalez v. INS, 353 F.3d 1077, 1079 (9th Cir. 2003) (statements by counsel are not evidence). In light of this disposition, we do not address Montanez Soto’s contentions regarding compliance with Matter of Lozada, 19 I. & N. Dec. 637 (BIA 1988). PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED. 2 16-72080 16-72080 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Carlos Montanez Soto v. Jefferson Sessions 18 May 2018 Agency Unpublished f23cd5c1acec116acab3ca3bdd71e0b421339d97

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