Rey Soriano-Marquez 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NOT FOR PUBLICATION FILED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS MAR 22 2018 MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT REY DAVID SORIANO-MARQUEZ, No. 14-72114 Petitioner, Agency No. A205-711-334 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. Rey David Soriano-Marquez, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge’s (“IJ”) decision denying his request for a continuance and denying his application for withholding of removal and relief under 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). Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for an abuse of discretion the denial of a continuance. Ahmed v. Holder, 569 F.3d 1009, 1012 (9th Cir. 2009). We review for substantial evidence the agency’s factual findings. Zetino v. Holder, 622 F.3d 1007, 1012 (9th Cir. 2010). We dismiss in part, and deny in part the petition for review. We do not consider new documents submitted with Soriano-Marquez’s opening brief. See Fisher v. INS, 79 F.3d 955, 963 (9th Cir. 1996) (court’s review is limited to the administrative record). We lack jurisdiction to review Soriano-Marquez’s contention regarding voluntary departure because it was not raised to the BIA. See Barron v. Ashcroft, 358 F.3d 674, 678 (9th Cir. 2004) (exhaustion is mandatory and jurisdictional). The IJ did not abuse his discretion in denying Soriano-Marquez’s request for a continuance because Soriano-Marquez did not demonstrate good cause. See 8 C.F.R. § 1003.29; Ahmed, 569 F.3d at 1012 (factors to consider in reviewing denial of continuance). Substantial evidence supports the agency’s determination that Soriano- Marquez failed to demonstrate a nexus between the harm he fears and a protected ground. See Zetino, 622 F.3d at 1116 (applicant’s desire to be free from 2 14-72114 harassment by criminals motivated by theft or random violence by gang members bears no nexus to a protected ground). Thus, Soriano-Marquez’s withholding of removal claim fails. Substantial evidence also supports the agency’s denial of CAT relief because Soriano-Marquez failed to show it is more likely than not he would be tortured by or with the consent or acquiescence of the government of Mexico. See Aden v. Holder, 589 F.3d 1040, 1047 (9th Cir. 2009). We reject as unsupported by the record Soriano-Marquez’s contention that the BIA failed to apply the correct legal standard in its denial of CAT relief. PETITION FOR REVIEW DISMISSED in part; DENIED in part. 3 14-72114 14-72114 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ca9 9th Cir. Rey Soriano-Marquez v. Jefferson Sessions 22 March 2018 Agency Unpublished cf7ff1159492321db5da1a8627db2eb3e31856ee

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