Jose Villatoro Mejia v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.


PER CURIAM OPINION FILED - THE COURT: James B. Loken, Pasco M. Bowman and Steven M. Colloton (UNPUBLISHED); Denying [3914252-2] petition for review filed by Petitioner Mr. Jose Francisco Villatoro Mejia. [4004546] [12-2207]

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United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 12-2207 ___________________________ Jose Francisco Villatoro Mejia, lllllllllllllllllllllPetitioner, v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., lllllllllllllllllllllRespondent. ____________ Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ____________ Submitted: January 3, 2013 Filed: February 13, 2013 [Unpublished] ____________ Before LOKEN, BOWMAN, and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Jose Francisco Villatoro Mejia, a citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which upheld an immigration judge’s decision denying him asylum, withholding of removal, and cancellation of removal. After careful review, we find no basis for reversal. First, we conclude that substantial evidence supported the denials of asylum and withholding of removal. Appellate Case: 12-2207 Page: 1 Date Filed: 02/13/2013 Entry ID: 4004546 See Khrystotodorov v. Mukasey, 551 F.3d 775, 781 (8th Cir. 2008); Reyes-Morales v. Gonzales, 435 F.3d 937, 941-42 (8th Cir. 2006). Second, we conclude that we lack jurisdiction to review the BIA’s discretionary determination that Mejia failed to show the requisite level of hardship to his children, for purposes of his cancellation-ofremoval application. See Zacarias-Velasquez v. Mukasey, 509 F.3d 429, 434 (8th Cir. 2007). Accordingly, the petition for review is denied. See 8th Cir. R. 47B. ______________________________ -2- Appellate Case: 12-2207 Page: 2 Date Filed: 02/13/2013 Entry ID: 4004546

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