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CA2 on (M)(i) aggravated felony: Akinsade v. Holder

"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 to infer that his conviction was an offense involving...

Benach Ragland Welcomes Dree Collopy as Partner

"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 is a bit of a family reunion, as Andres Benach...

Blockbuster GMC Victory in Virginia: Abusamhadaneh v. Taylor

"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...

CA4 on Coram Nobis, Ineffective Assistance: U.S. v. Akinsade

"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 by a bank employee in violation of 18 U.S.C. §...

An Unapologetic Con-Law Nerd Reports from the Supreme Court

" 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 – i.e., to defendants whose convictions...

Thomas Ragland to be Honored @ AILA Conference

"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. AILA is the most comprehensive and significant professional...

An All-American Love Story: Fast-Track Citizenship

"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 the U.S. Government in Iraq as a Media &...

Florida Stable Sues USCIS Over O-1 Visa Denial

"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 of his nonimmigrant worker status after previously...

How to Protect Yourself in Case of an ICE Raid in Your Home

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 images of Central American families coming off...