Herber Ortiz Gonzalez v. Jefferson Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS DEC 22 2017 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT HERBER ORTIZ GONZALEZ, AKA Jesus No. 14-71680 Archila-Cisneros, Agency No. A089-766-903 Petitioner, v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted December 18, 2017** Before: WALLACE, SILVERMAN, and BYBEE, Circuit Judges. Herber Ortiz Gonzalez, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). * 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). We have jurisdiction 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 in part and grant in part the petition for review. Substantial evidence supports the agency’s denial of Ortiz Gonzalez’s asylum claim because Ortiz Gonzalez failed to establish that a protected ground was or would be one central reason for the harm he suffered and fears. See Lkhagvasuren v. Lynch, 849 F.3d 800, 802 (9th Cir. 2016) (identifying three-factor standard to determine whether retaliation for whistleblowing amounts to persecution on account of a political opinion). Thus, his asylum claim fails. Substantial evidence supports the agency’s denial of Ortiz Gonzalez’s CAT claim because he did not demonstrate that it is more likely than not he would be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the government if returned to Guatemala. See Silaya v. Mukasey, 524 F.3d 1066, 1073 (9th Cir. 2008). As to Ortiz Gonzalez’s withholding of removal claim, the BIA did not have the benefit of Barajas-Romero v. Lynch, 846 F.3d 351 (9th Cir. 2017) (“one central reason” standard applies to asylum but not withholding of removal), and denied based on the “one central reason” standard. Thus, we grant the petition for review and remand Ortiz Gonzalez’s withholding of removal claim for reconsideration of this claim consistent with this disposition. See INS v. Ventura, 537 U.S. 12, 16-18 (2002) (per curiam). 2 14-71680 We deny Ortiz Gonzalez’s request for a stay of proceedings (Docket Entry No. 16). Each party shall bear its own costs for this petition for review. PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED in part; GRANTED in part; and REMANDED. 3 14-71680 14-71680 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Herber Ortiz Gonzalez v. Jefferson Sessions 22 December 2017 Agency Unpublished 20165937e5aa712f10ca800ec2e85520fd2f5fc7

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