Immigration Law

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An All-American Love Story: Fast-Track Citizenship
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On October 17, 2013, Alan Attoof Baba became a citizen of the United States. A native of Iraq, Alan obtained his Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status in 2011 through the Department of State’s Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program . Alan served... Read More

How to Protect Yourself in Case of an ICE Raid in Your Home
Posted on 28 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ava Benach, Dec. 28, 2015 - "Happy New Year! Have an ICE raid! By now, everyone has heard that the Obama administration plans to celebrate the new year by rounding up families and removing them to Central Americ a. The administration hopes that the... Read More

Tags: raid , ragland , benach , warrant , ICE

CA2 on (M)(i) aggravated felony: Akinsade v. Holder
Posted on 1 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We hold that because none of the facts to which Akinsade actually and necessarily pleaded to establish the elements of his embezzlement offense reveals whether that offense was committed with a specific intent to defraud, it was error for the BIA... Read More

Thomas Ragland to be Honored @ AILA Conference
Posted on 26 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will bestow its highest annual honor, the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law, to our very own Thomas Ragland... Read More

An Unapologetic Con-Law Nerd Reports from the Supreme Court
Posted on 2 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" So I went up to the Supreme Court yesterday to hear argument in Chaidez v. United States , No. 11-820 . Chaidez concerns the straightforward question whether the Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky , 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010) , applies retroactively... Read More

Benach Ragland Welcomes Dree Collopy as Partner
Posted on 1 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Benach Ragland is proud to announce that Dree K. Collopy has joined the firm as a Partner. By adding Dree, the firm enhances its focus on innovative and creative removal defense and litigation. In addition, Dree’s arrival at the firm... Read More

Blockbuster GMC Victory in Virginia: Abusamhadaneh v. Taylor
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

CA4 on Coram Nobis, Ineffective Assistance: U.S. v. Akinsade
Posted on 27 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Appellant Temitope Akinsade appeals the district court’s denial of his petition for writ of error coram nobis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1651 claiming that he was denied effective assistance of counsel when he plead guilty to embezzlement... Read More

Florida Stable Sues USCIS Over O-1 Visa Denial
Posted on 25 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A popular thoroughbred racehorse trainer has accused the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in a D.C. federal court of engaging in “capricious” and “arbitrary” behavior by denying an assistant trainer an extension... Read More

Tags: ragland , o-1 , AAO , mott , lawsuit , stable , USCIS