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Salazar v. Holder

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 24, 2010
405 F. App'x 110 (9th Cir. 2010)


No. 08-72988.

Submitted November 16, 2010.

The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).

Filed November 24, 2010.

Vanessa Ortega Bartsch, Esquire, Jessica Dominguez, Esquire, Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez, Studio City, CA, for Petitioner.

Jeffrey Lawrence Menkin, Trial, OIL, DOJ-U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Chief Counsel Ice, Office of the Chief Counsel Department of Home-land Security, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent.

On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A095-446-797.

Before: TASHIMA, BERZON, and CLIFTON, Circuit Judges.


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.

Irma Rosario Noriega Salazar ("Noriega"), a native and citizen of Bolivia, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") order denying her motion to reopen proceedings due to ineffective assistance of counsel. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for abuse of discretion the denial of a motion to reopen, and review de novo questions of law, including claims of due process violations. See Mohammed v. Gonzales, 400 F.3d 785, 791-92 (9th Cir. 2005). We deny the petition for review.

The BIA did not abuse its discretion by denying Noriega's February 1, 2008, motion to reopen on the ground that she did not establish her former counsel failed to present available evidence that may have affected the outcome of her case. See id. at 793-94 (petitioner must show prejudice to prevail on an ineffective assistance claim). Contrary to Noriega's contention, a presumption of prejudice does not apply. Cf. Singh v. Ashcroft, 367 F.3d 1182, 1189 (9th Cir. 2004) (applying presumption of prejudice where counsel failed to file any brief on appeal).

Noriega's contention that the BIA applied an incorrect standard in ruling on her motion to reopen is unsupported by the record.

In light of our disposition, we do not address Noriega's remaining arguments contentions.


Summaries of

Salazar v. Holder

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 24, 2010
405 F. App'x 110 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Salazar v. Holder

Case Details

Full title:Irma Rosario Noriega SALAZAR, Petitioner, v. Eric H. HOLDER, Jr., Attorney…

Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 24, 2010


405 F. App'x 110 (9th Cir. 2010)