Fernando Juarez-Esteves v. Loretta Lynch
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: A205-947-582. Copies to all parties and the agency. . [16-2024]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
FERNANDO JUAREZ-ESTEVES, a/k/a Fernando Juarez-Estebes,
JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General,
On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Submitted: March 20, 2017
Decided: April 4, 2017
Before NIEMEYER, DIAZ, and FLOYD, Circuit Judges.
Petition dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Dan D. Park, LAW OFFICES OF DAN PARK, Falls Church, Virginia, for Petitioner.
Joyce R. Branda, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Cindy S. Ferrier, Assistant Director,
Song E. Park, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, UNITED
STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Respondent.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Fernando Juarez-Esteves, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of an
order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) denying his application for
withholding of removal. Juarez-Esteves argues for the first time on appeal that he
qualified for relief based on his membership in a particular social group. * We may
review a final order of removal only if the alien “has exhausted all administrative
remedies available to the alien as of right.” 8 U.S.C. § 1252(d)(1) (2012). We may not
review any particular claim that is not properly exhausted. See Massis v. Mukasey, 549
F.3d 631, 638 (4th Cir. 2008). Moreover, this prohibition against reviewing unexhausted
claims is jurisdictional. See Tiscareno-Garcia v. Holder, 780 F.3d 205, 210 (4th Cir.
2015) (observing that an alien who fails to raise a particular claim before the Board fails
to exhaust administrative remedies such that the federal appeals court lacks jurisdiction to
consider it). Because Juarez-Esteves did not claim relief on this basis at the agency level,
we find that he has failed to exhaust administrative remedies. Accordingly, we lack
jurisdiction to review his claim and dismiss the petition for review. We dispense with
oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the
materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
On appeal, Juarez-Esteves does not seek to challenge the denial of his
applications for asylum or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
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