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  • 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

  • BR clients of the Month- July 2014

    Our Clients of the Month for July 2014 are Juan and Carolina, brother and sister from El Salvador, who received their residence in June. We are using pseudonyms and not their actual names due to danger that their family members could face from gangs in El Salvador. About three years ago, when Carolina was 16 and Juan was 12, members of a gang.. Read More

  • BR Clients of the Month- June 2014

    Sometimes we really struggle on picking a single client of the month, but this was an easy one. Our clients of the month for June 2014 are Antonio and Alexis Pereira, who just returned from Brazil where Antonio received his immigrant visa, after over a decade of living without status in the U.S. Antonio was the first BR client to receive an i.. Read More

  • BR Client of the Month- May 2014

    Our Client of the Month for May 2014 is Francisco Nuñez Villegas. Francisco recently became a United States citizen after a seven-year emotional roller coaster ride, filled with both highs and lows and exciting and frightening moments. Francisco’s story is a story of love and family unity. It begins back in December of 2002, whe.. Read More

Recent Blog Posts

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 ..

Meet Jim Mowrer, Running for Congress Against Steve King

Benach Ragland - Friday, September 13, 2013
(http://liftedlamp.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/mowrer-with-acb-and-jdc.jpg) On Tuesday, August 20, approximately fifty people gathered at Benach Ragland’s offices in Washington, DC to meet and support a 27 year old candidate for Congress from the 4th District of Iowa. Jim Mowrer (http://mowrerforiowa.com/), born on a farm in Boone Iowa, and a veteran of our war in Iraq, is challenging the incumbent Steve King (http://swampland.time.com/2013/07/26/the-republicans-have-a-steve-king-problem/) for his seat in Congress. Readers of this blog need no introduction to Steve King (http://liftedlamp.com/2012/09/10/oh-no-he-didnt-romney-endorses-anti-immigrant-wingnut-steve-king/) as he is a leader of the extreme anti-immigrant faction of American politics. With little results to his name, King has emerged as a rallying point for the “deport ‘em all” crowd with his willingness to say things that are not only insulting but patently and verifiably false. As t ..

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