Manuel Perez-Castillo v. Eric Holder, Jr.
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [11-60397 Affirmed ] Judge: JLD , Judge: EBC , Judge: PRO Mandate pull date is 06/22/2012 [11-60397]
Date Filed: 05/01/2012
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
May 1, 2012
Lyle W. Cayce
MANUEL ERNESTO PEREZ-CASTILLO,
ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL,
Petition for Review of an Order of the
Board of Immigration Appeals
BIA No. A091 905 665
Before DENNIS, CLEMENT, and OWEN, Circuit Judges.
Manuel Ernesto Perez-Castillo, a native and citizen of Mexico, requested
a fifth continuance of his removal proceedings to permit additional time for a
collateral challenge of his 1992 conviction for possession of marijuana with
intent to distribute.
Perez-Castillo argues that, prior to denying the
continuance, the Immigration Judge (IJ) failed to weigh the factors identified by
the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in Matter of Hashmi, 24 I. & N. Dec.
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.
Date Filed: 05/01/2012
785, 790-91 (BIA 2009), and Matter of Rajah, 25 I. & N. Dec. 127, 130 (BIA
The grant of a motion to continue lies within the sound discretion of the
immigration courts, which may grant such motions for good cause shown. Witter
v. I.N.S., 113 F.3d 549, 555 (5th Cir. 1997) (IJ); Cabral v. Holder, 632 F.3d 886,
890 (5th Cir. 2011) (BIA). Perez-Castillo, who had the burden of showing good
cause, has not established that the denial of his request for another continuance
constituted an abuse of discretion. See Cabral, 632 F.3d at 890; see also Ahmed
v. Gonzales, 447 F.3d 433, 436-37 (5th Cir. 2006) (discussing jurisdiction to
review the denial of a motion for a continuance).
The BIA determined that Perez-Castillo’s state conviction for possession
with intent to distribute had not been vacated at the time of his immigration
proceedings; that Perez-Castillo could not attack the validity of his state
conviction during his immigration proceedings; and that, under its precedent, a
pending collateral attack on a conviction did not justify continuance of the
removal proceedings or disturb the finality of the conviction for immigration
purposes. Such determinations do not constitute an abuse of discretion. See
Cabral, 632 F.3d at 890. Perez-Castillo’s reliance on Hashmi, 24 I. & N. Dec. at
790-91, and Rajah, 25 I. & N. Dec. at 130, is misplaced because there is no
indication that he is the beneficiary of a pending I-130 petition, an
employment-based visa petition, a labor certification, or any other adjustmentof-status process.
Finally, Perez-Castillo has not challenged the IJ’s findings that he is
removable because he stayed in the United States after his temporary residency
status was revoked and because he failed to establish a legal basis to remain in
the country. Perez-Castillo has therefore waived this issue. See Thuri v.
Ashcroft, 380 F.3d 788, 793 (5th Cir. 2004).
For the reasons set forth above, Perez-Castillo’s petition for review is
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