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"Last night, Mr. J.A. slept soundly for the first time in more than
four years. On June 5, 2012, Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a 90-page
decision finding Mr. J.A. to be a person of “good moral character” who
meets the requirements for naturalization under the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA). Abusamhadaneh v. Taylor, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78195 (E.D. Va. June 5, 2012).
This rare federal court challenge to a denial by U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) of a naturalization application was
prepared and argued by Benach Ragland LLP partners Thomas K. Ragland and
Jennifer D. Cook and Senior Paralegal Cyndy Ramirez Clark at their
former firm, Duane Morris LLP. Lead counsel in the case was Denyse
Sabagh, a partner and head of the immigration practice group at Duane
Morris. The decision is a tremendous victory for Mr. J.A. and a
stinging rebuke of the government’s relentless efforts to deny him U.S.
citizenship. In his decision, Judge Cacheris admonished USCIS for its inaccurate,
incomplete, and biased decision-making and for its unfounded conclusion
that Mr. J.A. provided false testimony during his naturalization
interview. The Judge also denounced the government’s conduct during
trial as deceptive, misleading, and wholly unpersuasive." - Benach Ragland, June 7, 2012.