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My Trials: Inside America's Deportation Factories: Inside America's Deportation Factories Paperback – June 18, 2012
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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.
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Scott McVarish, Immigration Attorney, [...]
I was fortunate to take Judge Grussendorf's Immigration Law course in law school, and was fascinated to read this memoir, in which he shares his lifelong journey of commitment to helping those who are most vulnerable, leading to a career of 20 years as an attorney representing immigrants in immigration courts and as Immigration Judge deciding their fates in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
During his years in the field, Judge Grussendorf witnessed the acute suffering of those trapped in the dysfunctional immigration system, often rivaled only by the peril awaiting them in their home countries. Despite the years working in overburdened and underfunded court system he maintained a clear and critical perspective on the role of immigration laws, government, and the attorneys working within the immigration system, while never loosing the sight of the human cost of each asylum trial. Written in engaging narrative and full of compelling true stories "My Trials: What I learned in Immigration Court" will make you think, inspire you, and renew your sense of gratitude for the basic freedoms and comforts we enjoy daily.
The highlights of My Trials would be that the author lays out what the "problems" within the system really means in the real life with a vivid portrait of the individuals he personally dealt with either as their counsel or their judge, and suggests solutions to these deep-seated problems of the US immigration system and further suggests how to reform the legal education.
Despite the American pride as a nation of liberty and opportunity especially for the persecuted, the author reiterates how shabby and abusive treatment the immigrants seeking asylum secretly suffer in the US immigration system. While finding the author's hint of humor reading through the book, the readers will be made to face the reality and the fate of the most vulnerable population in the most powerful country. Let yourself be inspired!