The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).
Filed November 4, 2010.
Douglas D. Nelson, Esq., San Diego, CA, for Petitioner.
Ronald E. LeFevre, Chief Counsel, Office of the District Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, OIL, Allen W. Hausman, Attorney, DOJU.S. Department of Justice, Civil Div./Office of Immigration Lit., Washington, DC, for Respondent.
On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A079-391-718.
This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3.
Thoma Pulo, a native and citizen of Albania, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge's ("IJ") decision denying his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture ("CAT"). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence, Ornelas-Chavez v. Gonzales, 458 F.3d 1052, 1055-56 (9th Cir. 2006), and we deny the petition for review.
Substantial evidence supports the IJ's finding that, even if credible, Pulo failed to demonstrate that the government was unable or unwilling to protect him from the anonymous assailants who harmed him and his family members. See Castro-Perez v. Gonzales, 409 F.3d 1069, 1072 (9th Cir. 2005) (stating that the burden is on the applicant to show that the government is unable or unwilling to control a non-governmental persecutor). Pulo's claim for humanitarian asylum fails because he did not establish past persecution. See 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(b)(1)(iii). Accordingly, Pulo's asylum claim was properly rejected.
Because Pulo did not establish eligibility for asylum, it necessarily follows that he did not satisfy the more stringent standard for withholding of removal. See Zehatye v. Gonzales, 453 F.3d 1182, 1190 (9th Cir. 2006).
Substantial evidence supports the IJ's denial of Pulo's CAT claim because he failed to demonstrate that it is more likely than not he will be tortured if returned to Albania. See Arteaga v. Mukasey, 511 F.3d 940, 948-49 (9th Cir. 2007).