Delali West v. Eric Holder, Jr.

Filing 920090910

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-2309 DELALI GERTRUDE WEST, a/k/a Marie-Madeleine Nguema Ntsame, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, Respondent. On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Submitted: August 27, 2009 Decided: September 10, 2009 Before WILKINSON, MOTZ, and DUNCAN, Circuit Judges. Petition dismissed in part and denied in part by unpublished per curiam opinion. Rev. Uduak J. Ubom, Washington, D.C., for Petitioner. Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, John S. Hogan, Senior Litigation Counsel, Kiley L. Kane, 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 Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.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: Delali Gertrude West, a native and citizen of Togo, petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals judge's ("Board") denial of dismissing her her appeal for from the immigration of requests asylum, withholding removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. West first argues that the Board and the immigration judge erred in concluding She excuse that her that asylum she to application was untimely filed. to contends her established file the changed circumstances failure application We lack within one year of her arrival in the United States. jurisdiction to review this determination, however, pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1158(a)(3) (2006), even in light of the passage of the REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-13, 119 Stat. 231. See Gomis v. Holder, 571 F.3d 353, 358-59 (4th Cir.), petition for cert. filed (Aug. 11, 2009) (No. 09-194). Given this jurisdictional bar, we cannot review the underlying merits of West's asylum claim. Accordingly, we dismiss this portion of her petition for review. West also contends that the Board and the immigration judge erred in denying her request for withholding of removal. "Withholding of removal is available under 8 U.S.C. 1231(b)(3) if the alien shows that it is more likely than not that her life or freedom would be threatened in the country of removal because 2 of her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion." see 8 U.S.C. 1231(b)(3) (2009). Gomis, 571 F.3d at 359; Based on our review of the record, we find that substantial evidence supports the denial of West's request for withholding of removal. We also find that substantial evidence supports the finding that West 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." 8 C.F.R. 1208.16(c)(2) (2009). We find that West failed to make the requisite showing before the immigration court. Accordingly, we dismiss the petition for review in part and deny the petition for review in part. oral argument because in the the facts and legal before We dispense with contentions the court are and adequately presented materials argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DISMISSED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART 3

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