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  • BR Clients of the Month- January 2015

    At a time of year when we honor togetherness and fresh starts, we are comforted to know that Benach Ragland clients, Kira and her four-year-old son Ricky, have finally been granted asylum and are reunited with their husband/father, Andre, here in the United States.* This family of faith was torn apart by targeted and systematic violence at the.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- December 2014

    Dr. Carl Anders Härdig is our client of the month for December 2014. Dr. Härdig came to the United States as a 2005 Fulbright scholar and entered on a J-1 visa to complete his training in international relations. As a Professorial Lecturer at the American University School of International Service, he has been acclaimed for his scho.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- November 2014

    Our Client of the Month for November 2014 is Vani Kulkarni, who recently become a permanent resident as an individual of extraordinary ability. Dr. Kulkarni is a globally recognized sociologist who has performed research and taught at Ivy League universities and leading institutions of education across the earth. One professor of sociology from Y.. Read More

  • BR Clients of the Month- October 2014

    Kwabena Boateng arrived in the United States from Ghana three days before September 11, 2001, when he was just 15 years old – he learned of the attacks as he was being transported from New York to an ICE detention center outside Philadelphia – a frightened teenager in a world that had just become even more frightening. On September.. Read More

  • BR- Client of the Month- September 2014

    Our Client of the Month for September 2014 is Abdul Hamid. On July 31, 2014, Mr. Hamid walked out of the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia and tasted freedom for the first time in more than 15 months. Stewart, an immigration detention center brought to you by the friendly folks at Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) (https://www.. Read More

Recent Blog Posts

Is Executive Action Imminent?

Benach Ragland - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It is only fitting that major technological achievements like the successful placement of a lander on a comet (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/11/12/the-rosetta-comet-landing-is-mere-minutes-away-from-making-history/) be paired with news that the Obama administration is planning many reforms to our nation's immigration policies. After all, our space program and many of our most successful technological breakthroughs are directly related to an immigration policy that made it easier for the best and brightest to come and work here. Yet, many worry today that our immigration system is so broken that it prevents the entry and lawful integration of hard workers struggling to improve their lives in the U.S. The comet lander was a project of the European Space Agency and not NASA. U.S. immigration policy today, instead, says no to the best and brightest, rejects those who are willing to perform jobs that others refuse to do, and breaks up families over mi ..

Dree Collopy on I-601A Provisional Waivers

Benach Ragland - Friday, September 13, 2013
In June 2013, Immigration Briefings, a West publication serving lawyers, published Dree Collopy' (http://www.benachragland.com/dree-k-collopy)s article entitled "I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence: A Practitioner's Guide for Preserving Family Unity." (/documents/June2013_IB.pdf) Intended to help attorneys navigate the new legal landscape of the I-601A provisional waiver (http://www.benachragland.com/waivers-of-inadmissibility), Dree's article demonstrates Dree's expertise in hardship waivers and skill in getting the most for her clients. The article identifies the problems that the I-601A provisional waiver was meant to solve and the practical step lawyers should follow to ensure that they prepare a proper application. Moreover, Dree provides a detailed discussion of the nature of "extreme hardship" and provides suggestions to show how applicants can meet their burden of establishing extreme hardship. The complexities of the new I-601 provisional waiver process and the ..

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