Tanyitaku Nwanna v. Loretta Lynch
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: A087-383-290,A087-383-289. Copies to all parties and the agency. . [16-2238]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
TANYITAKU CLOVIS NWANNA, a/k/a Clovis Tanyi Taku; MARCELENE
JEFFERSON B. SESSIONS III, Attorney General,
On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Submitted: May 4, 2017
Decided: June 14, 2017
Before TRAXLER and KEENAN, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit Judge.
Petition dismissed in part and denied in part by unpublished per curiam opinion.
William Payne, PAYNE & ASSOCIATES, Washington, D.C., for Petitioners. Chad A.
Readler, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Kohsei Ugumori, Senior Litigation Counsel,
Jesse Lloyd Busen, 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Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Tanyitaku Clovis Nwanna and Marcelene Forton Ebangha, natives and citizens of
Cameroon, petition for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals denying
their motion to reopen. For the reasons set forth below, we dismiss in part and deny in part
the petition for review.
Before this court, the Petitioners seek to challenge the immigration judge’s adverse
credibility determination and the agency’s underlying denial of their applications for relief.
Only the Board’s denial of the Petitioners’ motion to reopen is properly before us, however,
as the Petitioners failed to timely petition this court for review of the Board’s decision of
May 20, 2016. The Petitioners had 30 days from the date of this initial decision to timely
file a petition for review. See 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(1) (2012).
This time period is
“jurisdictional in nature and must be construed with strict fidelity to [its] terms.” Stone v.
INS, 514 U.S. 386, 405 (1995). The filing of a motion to reopen with the Board does not
toll the 30-day period for seeking review of an underlying decision.
Id. at 394.
Accordingly, we now limit our review to the propriety of the Board’s denial of the
Petitioners’ motion to reopen, and we dismiss the petition for review to the extent the
Petitioners challenge the earlier decision.
Turning to the Board’s denial of the Petitioners’ motion to reopen, we have
reviewed the Petitioners’ claims in conjunction with the administrative record and conclude
that the Board did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion. See 8 C.F.R. § 1003.2(a)
(2016); Mosere v. Mukasey, 552 F.3d 397, 400 (4th Cir. 2009). Accordingly, we deny the
petition for review in part for the reasons stated by the Board. See In re Nwanna (B.I.A.
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Sept. 27, 2016). 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
PETITION DISMISSED IN PART
AND DENIED IN PART
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