Veronica Araujo v. Merrick Garland

United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 21-3225 ___________________________ Veronica Lissette Araujo lllllllllllllllllllllPetitioner v. Merrick B. Garland, Attorney General of the United States lllllllllllllllllllllRespondent ____________ Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ____________ Submitted: August 9, 2022 Filed: August 12, 2022 [Unpublished] ____________ Before SHEPHERD, MELLOY, and STRAS, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Veronica Araujo, a citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of a 2021 Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) order denying her motion to reopen her removal proceedings. Araujo sought reopening after her counsel received a briefing extension but failed to file a brief, prompting the BIA, in 2018, to summarily dismiss her appeal from an immigration judge’s decision denying her application for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. The BIA did not abuse its discretion in denying Araujo’s motion to reopen. See Diaz v. Lynch, 824 F.3d 758, 760 (8th Cir. 2016) (standard of review); see also Robles v. Garland, 23 F.4th 1061, 1064 (8th Cir. 2022) (discussing grounds on which BIA may deny reopening). The BIA considered counsel’s statement that she had not received the briefing extension and acted within its discretion by considering other evidence, including that counsel had received all other relevant documents at the same mailing address. See Hesso v. Garland, 25 F.4th 592, 595 (8th Cir. 2022). The BIA also rationally concluded, consistent with its regulations and policies, that reopening was unwarranted because counsel failed to follow up for months after seeking an extension, despite being warned that the brief remained due on the original date “unless [she] receive[d] a Board Notice granting [her] extension request.” See Alva-Arellano v. Lynch, 811 F.3d 1064, 1067 (8th Cir. 2016) (reiterating expectation that applicant act with due diligence); see also 8 C.F.R. § 1003.3(c)(1) (2018) (authorizing BIA to set briefing schedule and extend deadlines); BIA Practice Manual Chs. 3.1(b)(vi), 4.7(c)(i)(A), 4.7(c)(ii) (detailing policies for briefing extensions). To the extent Araujo challenges the denial of reopening, we therefore deny her petition. To the extent Araujo challenges the denial of her underlying application for relief, we dismiss her petition. We lack jurisdiction to review those arguments, including because she did not timely petition for review of the BIA’s 2018 order dismissing her appeal. See 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(1); Mshihiri v. Holder, 753 F.3d 785, 788-89 (8th Cir. 2014); Raffington v. I.N.S., 340 F.3d 720, 724 (8th Cir. 2003). Accordingly, the petition for review is dismissed, in part, and denied, in part. ______________________________ -2- 21-3225 Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ca8 8th Cir. Veronica Araujo v. Merrick Garland 12 August 2022 Unpublished 019ab6db9cdbc3f052cea20f95f54d2391dad930

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