Abd Al-Mousa v. Eric Holder, Jr.

Filing 920100318

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Case: 07-61003 Document: 00511054788 Page: 1 Date Filed: 03/17/2010 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED No. 07-61003 Summary Calendar March 17, 2010 Charles R. Fulbruge III Clerk ABD ALRAHMAN AL-MOUSA Petitioner v. ERIC H HOLDER, US ATTORNEY GENERAL Respondent Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals BIA No. A74 409 240 Before BENAVIDES, PRADO and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Abd Alrahman Al-Mousa, a native and citizen of Syria, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denial of his 2007 motion to reopen his removal proceedings. Al-Mousa was removed to Syria in 2005. The BIA rejected his motion to reopen based upon 8 C.F.R. 1003.2(d), which provides in relevant part that "[a] motion to reopen . . . shall not be made by or on behalf of a person who is the subject of removal . . . proceedings subsequent to his . . . departure from the United States." Pursuant to 5TH CIR . R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR . R. 47.5.4. * Case: 07-61003 Document: 00511054788 Page: 2 No. 07-61003 Date Filed: 03/17/2010 Al-Mousa argues that the BIA's denial of his motion to reopen based upon 8 C.F.R. 1003.2(d) was contrary to the language of 18 U.S.C. 1229a(c)(7)(A), which provides: "An alien may file one motion to reopen proceedings under this section. . . ." 8 U.S.C. 1229a(c)(7)(A). In support of his argument, he relies in part on the Fourth Circuit's opinion in William v. Gonzales, 499 F.3d 329, 332 (4th Cir. 2007), and the Ninth Circuit's opinions in Lin v. Gonzales, 473 F.3d 979, 982 (9th Cir. 2007), and Reynoso-Cisneros v. Gonzales, 491 F.3d 1001, 1002 (9th Cir. 2007). In Ovalles v. Holder, 577 F.3d 288 (5th Cir. 2009), we rejected materially indistinguishable arguments. We first concluded that because 1229a(c) did not grant Ovalles the right to file an untimely motion to reconsider or reopen, he could not rely on that statute to challenge the validity of the post-departure bar in 1003.2(d). Id. at 296, 299-300. Similarly, in this case, Al-Mousa cannot rely on 1229a(c)(7)(A) to challenge the post-departure bar in 1003.2(d) because his motion to reopen, which was filed in 2007, more than 90 days after the 2003 final order of removal, was untimely. See id.; 1229a(c)(7)(C). In Ovalles, we also rejected Ovalles's reliance on the Ninth Circuit's opinions in Lin and Reynoso-Cisneros for the proposition that 1003.2(d) did not apply to his case because he was no longer the subject of a removal proceeding. Ovalles, 577 F.3d at 297-98. We concluded that the post-departure bar on motions to reconsider and reopen applied and was intended to apply to aliens who departed the country following the termination of their removal proceedings. Id. Accordingly, Al-Mousa's arguments are without merit in light of our opinion in Ovalles, and his petition for review is DENIED. 2

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