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Green Card Stories Hardcover – December 27, 2011

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"The idea for the book was conceived by two immigration lawyers, Laura Danielson and Stephen Yale-Loehr, as a way to share the incredible stories of faith, hope and struggle that they witnessed in their clients. It was also to serve as a counterpoint to an increasingly acrimonious debate about immigration in the United States." - Stephanie Siek, CNN

"Immigrants are a critical source of America's spirit and strength. The haters and nativists have always been wrong and this book—person by person, story by story—shows how wrong they are today. Green Card Stories is an important resource for anyone who wants to know the truth about the enormous contributions immigrants make to this country, every day."
—Steven V. Roberts, author of From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America

"To listen to the humble voices of the individuals whose life journeys are recounted in Green Card Stories is to be reminded that beneath all the statistics, studies, and rhetoric about U.S. immigration, lie inspiring human stories."
—Louis Caldera, former U.S. Secretary of the Army, son of Mexican immigrants

About the Author

ARIANA LINDQUIST is a documentary photographer based in Kunming, China and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her honors include first place awards from World Press Photo and NPPA: Best of Photojournalism, as well as a Fulbright to China. Her work is published by Time, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others.

SAUNDRA AMRHEIN has been a journalist for 17 years, including 10 years at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where she reported on government and general news with a special focus on immigration issues. She currently is working on book projects while completing a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

STEPHEN YALE-LOEHR is a preeminent authority on U.S. immigration and asylum law and teaches at Cornell University Law School. He is the co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, a 21-volume treatise on U.S. immigration law, and is of counsel at Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, NY.

LAURA DANIELSON is a senior partner at the law firm of Fredrikson and Bryon in Minneapolis. She serves as a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and is co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Umbrage Editions (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884167551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884167553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 11.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Immigration is a complex and polarizing topic in American society, notwithstanding that the vast majority of us are descended from immigrants. Like most Americans, I never knew my ancestors who dared to leave home to build their lives here; I never thought to be grateful to them for their courage and foresight until I read this book. "Green Card Stories" is a refreshing alternative to the faceless stereotypes used to fan the flames of partisan debate. These people are real, from all walks of life and from countries in every part of the world. They talk as much about life and love as about freedom and economics. I expected to read inspiring stories about how much better life is in America, and was not disappointed. But the more I read, the more I realized that they make America a better place as well. I never liked the "melting pot" metaphor we learned in school; a better choice would be a patchwork quilt -- colorful, varied, and sometimes awkwardly stitched together, but strong and enveloping. Like our ancestors, immigrants today can strengthen and enrich our society. They remind us that freedom, tolerance, and unity are fundamental to our strength as a Nation. This book helps us remember our roots, appreciate what we have, and gives us all hope for a better future. It belongs in every classroom and in every home.
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Great book! Ideal for the coffee table (or for a gift) with its photography and layout of short personal stories. This book tells the compelling stories of those who have immigrated to the U.S. in recent history, using stunning photography, great writing, and expert input. I have deep respect for the fact that America is a nation of immigrants and believe this book adds a dynamic to the today's discussion of the subject: the human face of those who have taken the risk of immigrating, assimilating, and contributing to our nation.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who appreciates the exploration of what it means to be American and how it is being redefined by today's generation of immigrants - who finally get to tell their prideful stories on the subject.
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I purchased this for a gift for a relative who works with students who eventually hope to have a green card. I like the idea of a complete story being on one page. But some, because of the brevity, left out intervals that would have joined the story together and left you with the question, how did we get from here to there. The print was quite small and would be difficult for some. But it did open my eyes to the stuggle that many immigrants face.
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Green Card Stories is exactly what it says it is, inspirational stories of the sometimes hazardous, many times complicated, and always enlightening journey to permanent residence in the United States. One of the things you will learn from this beautiful collection of essays and photos is that immigration to the US is not monochromatic; rather it is a beautiful mosaic. You will not regret giving this book as a gift to a new permanent resident or US Citizen, you will also love having it in your home. Read Green Card Stories and enjoy the story of America.
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I had the privileged to interview Laura Danielson who together with Stephen Yale-Loehr wrote the introduction to "Green Card Stories" for my radio show "Turn of the Page" and truly feel this book should be in everyone's home. In these times of such uncertainty and fear of one another "Green Card Stories" is a Must Read! It takes you on the individual journeys of today's immigrants, their struggles, beliefs, passion and respect for America. You're never take your citizenship for granted after reading this very important book.
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What sets this book apart from others on the topic of immigration are the stories of the remarkable people who are showcased. They will broaden your perspective in a way that no legal or political debate possibly could. The stories talk to courage and leadership and challenge us all to step out of our comfort zones.

A June 2012 Forbes article, "Top Immigrant-Owned Startups", mentions that immigrants made up 28% of the total new entrepreneurship activity in 2011 and that entrepreneurship among immigrants in the U.S. has risen 10% over the past ten years. The article is written by Ilya Pozin, who founded Ciplex at the age of 18 and he attributes his ability to succeed in large part to his move to the U.S. where he also met his mentor. A few other very successful examples of immigrant entrepreneurs mentioned include Sergey Brin co-founder of Google, Andrew Grove co-founder of Intel, Steve Chen of You-Tube, and Jerry Yang of Yahoo - all technology companies with global impact that have changed the way that we live and work.

In the end, Green Card Stories leaves us asking whether we are encouraging or discouraging the kind of diversity and thought leaderhip that the immigrant perspective brings. This book will linger long after you've finished reading it......
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A wonderful book of fifty inspiring stories with beautiful photographs. Each vignette is a telling example of the courage and fortitude of those who immigrate to America. The United States and Canada are nations of hard working energetic immigrants and this book paints that portrait so well! A very worthwhile read.
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