Marvin Lopez v. Jefferson B. Sessions

NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS JUL 13 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT MARVIN ERNESTO LOPEZ, No. 14-72108 Petitioner, Agency No. A099-678-982 v. MEMORANDUM* JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals Submitted July 10, 2018** Before: CANBY, W. FLETCHER, and CALLAHAN, Circuit Judges. Marvin Ernesto Lopez, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s order denying his motion to reopen removal proceedings conducted in absentia, and denying his motion to remand. We have * 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). jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the denial of a motion to reopen. Sembiring v. Gonzales, 499 F.3d 981, 985 (9th Cir. 2007). We deny the petition for review. The BIA did not abuse its discretion in dismissing Lopez’s appeal and denying his motion to remand based on lack of notice, where the hearing notice was sent by regular mail to the address last provided by Lopez, and he failed to rebut the presumption of effective service. See id. at 986-88 (describing evidence relevant to overcome presumption of effective service sent by regular mail); Dobrota v. INS, 311 F.3d 1206, 1211 (9th Cir. 2002) (notice requirement is satisfied by mailing notice of the hearing to an alien at the address last provided to the agency). We reject Lopez’s contention that the BIA failed to give adequate weight to his declaration. Cf. Salta v. INS, 314 F. 3d 1076, 1079 (9th Cir. 2002) (“Where a petitioner actually initiates a proceeding to obtain a benefit, appears at an earlier hearing, and has no motive to avoid the hearing, a sworn affidavit from [petitioner] that neither [he] nor a responsible party residing at [his] address received the notice should ordinarily be sufficient to rebut the presumption of [regular mail] delivery.”). Because Lopez’s failure to overcome the presumption of delivery of the hearing notice is dispositive as to both motions, we do not reach his contentions regarding the effectiveness of prior counsel or compliance with Matter of Lozada, 2 14-72108 19 I. & N. Dec. 637 (BIA 1988). See Simeonov v. Ashcroft, 371 F.3d 532, 538 (9th Cir. 2004) (courts and agencies are not required to decide issues unnecessary to the results they reach). PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED. 3 14-72108 14-72108 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Marvin Lopez v. Jefferson B. Sessions 13 July 2018 Agency Unpublished e3a10630778522b87c53654670c7959d1c9245ae

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