No. 08-73590 Agency No. A029-904-278
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
On Petition for Review of an Order of the
Board of Immigration Appeals
Before: CANBY, TROTT, and THOMAS, Circuit Judges.
Zuo Jie Xie, a native and citizen of China, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") order dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge's decision denying his application for asylum and withholding of removal. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence factual findings, Gu v. Gonzales, 454 F.3d 1014, 1018 (9th Cir. 2006), and we deny the petition for review.
Xie contends he suffered past persecution and has a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of his Christian religion. Substantial evidence supports the BIA's finding that, even if Xie is a Christian and testified credibly, Xie failed to demonstrate he suffered harm rising to the level of persecution when police raided his house church gathering. See id. at 1019-21; Li v. Ashcroft, 356 F.3d 1153, 1158 (9th Cir. 2004) (en banc) (persecution is an "extreme concept"). Substantial evidence also supports the BIA's finding that Xie did not establish a well-founded fear of future persecution, where Xie did not provide any "credible, direct, and specific evidence" he is likely to suffer persecution, as opposed to harassment or discrimination, upon return to China. See Ladha v. INS, 215 F.3d 889, 897 (9th Cir. 2000); see also Gu, 454 F.3d at 1022. Accordingly, Xie's asylum claim fails.
Because Xie failed to meet the lower burden of proof for asylum, it follows that he has not met the higher standard for withholding of removal. See Zehatye v. Gonzales, 453 F.3d 1182, 1190 (9th Cir. 2006).
PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.