Maria Carmona-Flores v. Eric Holder, Jr.
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [12-60371 Affirmed in Part and Dismissed in Part for Lack of Jurisdiction] Judge: PEH , Judge: PRO , Judge: LHS. Mandate pull date is 03/25/2013 [12-60371]
Date Filed: 01/30/2013
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
January 30, 2013
Lyle W. Cayce
MARIA LIZETTE CARMONA-FLORES,
ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL,
Petition for Review of an Order of the
Board of Immigration Appeals
BIA No. A097 683 700
Before HIGGINBOTHAM, OWEN, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges.
Maria Lizette Carmona-Flores, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions
this court for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”)
denying her motion for reconsideration of its order dismissing her appeal of an
immigration judge’s order denying her motion to reopen removal proceedings.
She argues that her motion to reopen should have been granted by the
immigration judge because she is entitled to equitable tolling of the limitations
period based on the following factors: (1) she made a prima facie showing of
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 R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.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: 01/30/2013
eligibility for adjustment of status, and (2) she exercised due diligence in seeking
relief. She also argues that the foregoing factors support the exercise of the
BIA’s power to reopen the proceedings sua sponte.
Carmona-Flores’s argument that her motion to reopen was subject to
equitable tolling is aimed at the denial of her motion to reopen, not at the denial
of her motion for reconsideration. However, Carmona-Flores did not file a
separate petition for review of the BIA’s decision dismissing her appeal of the
denial of the motion to reopen. Accordingly, this court lacks jurisdiction to
review the arguments raised in Carmona-Flores’s appeal brief regarding the
motion to reopen. See Stone v. INS, 514 U.S. 386, 394-95 (1995); Guevara v.
Gonzales, 450 F.3d 173, 176 (5th Cir. 2006).
The BIA determined that Carmona-Flores’s motion for reconsideration
should be denied as untimely. Carmona-Flores does not make any arguments
in her brief that relate to the BIA’s determination that her motion was untimely.
She has therefore abandoned that issue. See Soadjede v. Ashcroft, 324 F.3d 830,
833 (5th Cir. 2003). Carmona-Flores’s petition for review of the BIA’s decision
denying her motion for reconsideration is therefore denied.
To the extent that Carmona-Flores challenges the BIA’s refusal to reopen
the proceedings sua sponte, this court lacks jurisdiction to consider her
argument. See Enriquez-Alvarado v. Ashcroft, 371 F.3d 246, 249-50 (5th Cir.
2004). Accordingly, Carmona-Flores’s petition for review is DENIED IN PART
and DISMISSED IN PART for lack of jurisdiction.
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