My Trials: Inside America's Deportation Factories

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Judge Grussendorf has been active in immigration law for two decades. His first legal job was with the Central American Refugee Center in Washington, DC, at a time in the mid-eighties that refugees were streaming into the nation's capitol seeking protection from three wars in the region. In 1986 he took over the direction of the immigration law clinic at George Washington University Law School where he represented indigent clients for a decade, before being selected to be an immigration law judge. He served as a judge in Philadelphia and San Francisco a total of seven years. He currently works as a legal consultant to several international refugee agencies and continues to be an activist for immigration reform.

My Trials: Inside America's Deportation Factories

Inside America's Deportation Factories

Authored by Judge Paul Grussendorf Esq
Photographs by Paul Grussendorf
Cover design or artwork by Hyang Suk Oh

American Immigration Lawyers Association wrote: "With a cast of colorful characters and compelling tales, My Trials: What I Learned in Immigration Court is both a scathing indictment of a broken immigration system that sends vulnerable immigrants back to the perilous situations from which they fled, and a heartfelt call for a return to the values upon which our nation of immigrants was founded." VOICE magazine

Gerry Spence, noted trial lawyer, wrote:
"Thanks for your good work, Paul. I am not surprised at the horror and inhumanity you have witnessed."

"America is famous for priding itself as a nation of immigrants, but the often shabby and sometimes downright abusive treatment that immigrants seeking asylum suffer in our nation's immigration court system is a well-kept secret. The truth is that our government fails to hire prosecuting attorneys and appoint judges with expertise in the field or even adequately train them in the law and procedure. But this failure pales in comparison to the even greater scandal that the immigrants herded into these courts are often treated with disdain, disrespect, or even outright contempt by sworn officers of the law. The often needless, lengthy and costly pre-trial detention of individuals who usually do not represent any danger to the community is an everyday and shameful fact of life in our immigration system."

Publication Date:
1475190921 / 9781475190922
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Law / Emigration & Immigration

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