No. 08-12231 Non-Argument Calendar.
March 4, 2009.
Roberto Matus, Roberto Matus, P.A., Miami, FL, for Petitioners.
David V. Bernal, USDOJ, OIL, Colette J. Winston, Jesse M. Bless, Jennifer Paisner Williams, Washington, DC, for Respondent.
Petition for Review of a Decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency Nos. A99-547-750, A99-547-751.
Before TJOFLAT, DUBINA and PRYOR, Circuit Judges.
Juan Alberto Ruiz Ayala and his family, natives and citizens of Colombia, petition this Court for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals that denied Ruiz's application for asylum under the Immigration and Nationality Act. 8 U.S.C. §§ 1158, 1231; 8 C.F.R. § 208.16. The Board found that Ruiz failed to establish that he suffered past persecution on account of a protected ground. We deny the petition.
Substantial evidence supports the finding by the Board that Ruiz failed to establish that his persecution was on account of a protected ground. See Sanchez v. U.S. Att'y Gen., 392 F.3d 434, 438 (11th Cir. 2004). Ruiz worked with a community organization to counsel youth against participation in guerilla activities, and he acknowledges that the guerillas threatened him and harmed his wife because his activities hampered their recruiting. "[E]vidence that . . . is consistent with . . . the petitioner's failure to cooperate with guerillas . . . does not constitute evidence of persecution based on a statutorily protected ground." Ruiz v. U.S. Att'y Gen., 440 F.3d 1247, 1258 (11th Cir. 2006); Sanchez v. U.S. Att'y Gen., 392 F.3d 434, 437-38 (11th Cir. 2004). The record does not compel a finding of a connection between Ruiz's persecution and his political opinion.
We DENY Ruiz's petition for review.