Voutsa
v.
Gonzales

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth CircuitFeb 16, 2007
222 Fed. Appx. 365 (5th Cir. 2007)

No. 06-60016 Summary Calendar.

February 16, 2007.

Paul Ngoyi, Law Offices of Paul Ngoyi, Dallas, TX, for Petitioner.

Thomas Ward Hussey, Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, Anne M. Estrada, U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service, Dallas, TX, Caryl G. Thompson, U.S. Immigration Naturalization Service, District Directors Office, New Orleans, LA, for Respondent.

Alberto R. Gonzales, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, pro se.

Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals, BIA No. A97 919 702.

Before KING, HIGGINBOTHAM, and GARZA, Circuit Judges.


Cameroonian citizen Dagobert Dongho Voutsa petitions for review of the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) adopting the decision of the Immigration Judge (IJ) denying him asylum, withholding of deportation, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Voutsa argues that the IJ erred as a matter of law and violated the Due Process Clause by finding that his asylum application was untimely; that the IJ deprived him of due process by denying his motion for a continuance; and that this court should overturn the IJ's credibility determinations.

Whether or not Voutsa actually challenged the IJ's untimeliness determination before the BIA, we lack jurisdiction over that determination. The REAL ID Act of 2005, P.L. 109-13, Division B, 119 Stat. 231 (May 11, 2005), did not provide us with jurisdiction to review administrative findings on the timeliness of Voutsa's asylum application. See Babo v. Gonzales, 172 Fed.Appx. 69, 72 n. 6 (5th Cir. 2006) (unpublished).

Voutsa failed to exhaust his administrative remedies for the IJ's denial of a continuance. We lack jurisdiction to address Voutsa's challenge to this denial. See Goonsuwan v. Ashcroft, 252 F.3d 383, 390 (5th Cir. 2001).

To the extent that Voutsa challenges the IJ's credibility determinations regarding his requests for withholding of removal and relief under the CAT, the record does not compel us to overturn the IJ's determination that Voutsa was not credible. See Lopez De Jesus v. INS, 312 F.3d 155, 161 (5th Cir. 2002). Voutsa's detailed testimony at the removal hearing regarding his arrests and detention contrasted with the lack of detail he provided in his asylum interview. Voutsa maintained his employment with the Cameroon Telecommunication Company throughout the period during which he alleged he was arrested and detained on five occasions. Voutsa acknowledged that he consulted a physician only once during the period he claimed to have been arrested and tortured, but he could not remember the physician's name. Moreover, Voutsa alleged detention and torture in 1998 and 1999, yet he waited until 2003 to seek asylum based on that mistreatment. Voutsa is highly educated and, therefore, could be expected to obtain information about his options, despite his testimony that he did not explore those options before 2003 because he did not know anybody who could advise him on the subject of asylum.

PETITION DENIED.