Habtamu Kebede v. Eric Holder, Jr.

Filing 920090513

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-1797 HABTAMU WORKU KEBEDE, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Submitted: April 29, 2009 Decided: May 13, 2009 Before MICHAEL, MOTZ, and AGEE, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Solomon Z. Bekele, LAW OFFICES OF SOLOMON Z. BEKELE, Silver Spring, Maryland, for Petitioner. Michael F. Hertz, Acting Assistant Attorney General, William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Matthew A. Spurlock, Office of Immigration Litigation, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Respondent. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Habtamu Ethiopia, Worku for Kebede, review of a an native order his and of citizen the Board from of of the petitions Appeals judge's of Immigration immigration withholding ("Board") denial and dismissing of his appeal for the requests under asylum, removal, protection Convention Against Torture. Before this court, Kebede challenges the determination that he failed to establish his eligibility for asylum. obtain reversal of a determination denying eligibility To for relief, an alien "must show that the evidence he presented was so compelling that no reasonable factfinder could fail to find the requisite fear of persecution." U.S. 478, 483-84 (1992). We have INS v. Elias-Zacarias, 502 reviewed the evidence of record and conclude that Kebede fails to show that the evidence compels a contrary result. relief that he seeks. Additionally, we uphold the denial of Kebede's request for withholding of removal. "Because the burden of proof for Accordingly, we cannot grant the withholding of removal is higher than for asylum--even though the facts that must be proved are the same--an applicant who is ineligible for asylum is necessarily ineligible for withholding of removal under [8 U.S.C.] 1231(b)(3)." 378 F.3d 361, 367 (4th Cir. 2004). 2 Camara v. Ashcroft, Because Kebede failed to show that he is eligible for asylum, he cannot meet the higher standard for withholding of removal. We also find that substantial evidence supports the finding that Kebede failed to meet the standard for relief under the Convention Against Torture. To obtain such relief, an applicant must establish that "it is more likely than not that he or she would be tortured if removed to the proposed country of removal." Kebede failed 8 C.F.R. 1208.16(c)(2) (2008). to make the requisite showing We find that before the immigration court. Accordingly, dispense with oral we deny the petition the for facts review. and We legal argument because contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED 3

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