Josselyn Maderos-Pinto v. Merrick Garland

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS JAN 24 2023 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT JOSSELYN YARELI MADEROS-PINTO, No. 17-72060 Petitioner, Agency No. A206-631-203 v. MEMORANDUM* MERRICK B. GARLAND, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted January 18, 2023** Before: GRABER, PAEZ, and NGUYEN, Circuit Judges. Josselyn Yareli Maderos-Pinto, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions pro se for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing her appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying her applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against * 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). Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence the agency’s factual findings. Conde Quevedo v. Barr, 947 F.3d 1238, 1241 (9th Cir. 2020). We deny the petition for review. Because Maderos-Pinto does not challenge the agency’s adverse credibility determination, this issue is waived. See Lopez-Vasquez v. Holder, 706 F.3d 1072, 1079-80 (9th Cir. 2013) (issues not specifically raised and argued in a party’s opening brief are waived). Thus, in the absence of credible testimony, in this case, Maderos-Pinto’s asylum and withholding of removal claims fail. See Farah v. Ashcroft, 348 F.3d 1153, 1156 (9th Cir. 2003). Substantial evidence supports the agency’s denial of CAT protection because Maderos-Pinto’s claim was based on the same testimony the agency found not credible, and Maderos-Pinto does not point to any other evidence in the record that compels the conclusion that it is more likely than not she would be tortured in Guatemala. See id. at 1157. In light of this disposition, we do not reach Maderos-Pinto’s remaining contentions regarding her eligibility for relief. See Santiago-Rodriguez v. Holder, 657 F.3d 820, 829 (9th Cir. 2011) (“In reviewing the decision of the BIA, we consider only the grounds relied upon by that agency.” (citation and internal quotation marks omitted)); Simeonov v. Ashcroft, 371 F.3d 532, 538 (9th Cir. 2004) (courts are not required to decide issues unnecessary to the results they 2 17-72060 reach). We do not consider the materials Maderos-Pinto references in her opening brief that are not part of the administrative record. See Fisher v. INS, 79 F.3d 955, 963-64 (9th Cir. 1996) (en banc) (court’s review is limited to the administrative record). The temporary stay of removal remains in place until the mandate issues. PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED. 3 17-72060 17-72060 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Josselyn Maderos-Pinto v. Merrick Garland 24 January 2023 Unpublished 53181b11366ad7337ff0de14ce6cd357ff947de3

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