Leonicio Valesquez-Melendez v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.


PER CURIAM OPINION FILED - THE COURT: Diana E. Murphy, Lavenski R. Smith and Steven M. Colloton (UNPUBLISHED) [4035176] [12-3289]

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United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 12-3289 ___________________________ Leonicio Esau Velasquez-Melendez lllllllllllllllllllllPetitioner v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States lllllllllllllllllllllRespondent ____________ Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ____________ Submitted: May 7, 2013 Filed: May 14, 2013 [Unpublished] ____________ Before MURPHY, SMITH, and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges. ____________ PER CURIAM. Guatemalan citizen Leonicio Velasquez-Melendez petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals, which affirmed an immigration judge’s denial of withholding of removal. After careful review, we conclude that substantial evidence supported the denial of withholding of removal. See Ortiz-Puentes v. Holder, 662 F.3d 481, 483-84 (8th Cir. 2011) (harm suffered by Guatemalan Appellate Case: 12-3289 Page: 1 Date Filed: 05/14/2013 Entry ID: 4035176 petitioners who refused to join gang did not establish eligibility for withholding of removal on account of either political opinion or membership in particular social); Wijono v. Gonzales, 439 F.3d 868, 872 (8th Cir.2006) (standard of review). Accordingly, we deny the petition. See 8th Cir. R. 47B. ______________________________ -2- Appellate Case: 12-3289 Page: 2 Date Filed: 05/14/2013 Entry ID: 4035176

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