Ronald J. Morales-mendoza, Petitioner, v. Immigration & Naturalization Service, Respondent, 26 F.3d 131 (9th Cir. 1994)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 26 F.3d 131 (9th Cir. 1994) Submitted May 9, 1994. Decided May 13, 1994

Before: NOONAN and T.G. NELSON, Circuit Judges and EZRA,*  District Judge.


Ronald J. Morales-Mendoza, a native and citizen of Nicaragua, entered the United States without inspection on February 18, 1988. Ordered to show cause why he was not deportable, he conceded deportation and requested asylum. The Immigration Judge denied his request but granted voluntary departure. Morales-Mendoza then moved to reopen his case on the ground that he had ineffective assistance of counsel. The Immigration Judge denied the motion. Morales-Mendoza appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The Board dismissed the appeal, finding (1) that Morales-Mendoza had not complied with the requirements set out in Matter of Lozada, 19 I & N Dec. 637 (BIA 1988), aff'd, 857 F.2d 10 (1st Cir. 1988), for establishing ineffective assistance of counsel, and (2) that he had failed to establish prima facie eligibility pursuant to 8 C.F.R. Sec. 242.22 (1991).

Substantial evidence supports the Board's findings. Consequently, the petition is DENIED.


Honorable David A. Ezra, United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii, sitting by designation


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