Jose Velez-Pillado v. Jefferson Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS MAR 22 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JOSE LUIS VELEZ-PILLADO, No. 16-73240 Petitioner, Agency No. A200-963-148 v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted March 13, 2018** Before: LEAVY, M. SMITH, and CHRISTEN, Circuit Judges. Jose Luis Velez-Pillado, 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 application withholding of removal. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence 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). 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 agency’s determination that Velez-Pillado 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); cf. Barajas-Romero v. Lynch, 846 F.3d 351, 359-60 (9th Cir. 2017) (discussing Zetino). Thus, Velez-Pillado’s withholding of removal claim fails. PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED. 2 16-73240 16-73240 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Jose Velez-Pillado v. Jefferson Sessions 22 March 2018 Agency Unpublished f030909af3ef9190f4d7a42a298bca99743bc289

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