Argued and Submitted November 4, 2010.
Filed November 24, 2010.
Pardeep S. Grewal, Esquire, Law Offices of Pardeep S. Grewal, Castro Valley, CA, for Petitioner.
Ronald E. Lefevre, Office of the District Counsel Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, Andrew C. Maclachlan, Stuart Nickum, Trial, David V. Bernal, Assistant Director, DOJ-U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent.
On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A079-276-992.
This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.
The agency denied Rana's asylum claim as time-barred. Rana has forfeited any challenge to this ruling by failing to address it in his brief. See Singh v. Ashcroft, 386 F.3d 1228, 1232 n. 4 (9th Cir. 2004).
The agency denied Rana's withholding of removal and CAT claims based on the IJ's adverse credibility determination. Substantial evidence supports this determination. See Kin v. Holder, 595 F.3d 1050, 1055 (9th Cir. 2010). Rana admitted that he possessed a valid Nepalese passport issued by the Nepalese embassy in Washington, D.C., describing him as a citizen of Nepal and listing his birthplace as Kathmandu, Nepal. The IJ reasonably found that Rana's possession of the passport undermined his claim of Bhutanese birth and citizenship. Because this finding goes to the heart of Rana's claims, we need not address the other grounds upon which the IJ relied. See Wang v. INS, 352 F.3d 1250, 1259 (9th Cir. 2003).