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Show Trials: How Property Gets More Legal Protection Than People in Our Failed Immigration System Paperback – Print, May 1, 2012

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"A highly organized, informative discussion of the immigration system in the United States. A persuasive, valuable addition to the ongoing immigration reform debate." Kirkus Review

"In a language that the common reader can understand, the author takes great strides to make the general public understand that there are holes in a system meant to protect...He uses Life, Liberty and Property as a solid platform to show us that our court system is somehow turned backward." 
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"Powerful...beautiful prose...moving stories...blueprint for essential reforms." 
Erwin Chemerinsky, nationally recognized as one of the "Top 20 legal thinkers in America," famed United States Supreme Court Advocate, and Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law of the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

"Afrasiabi fully describes a failed system, its effect on real people, and how it can be fixed. He is only calling for the immigration system to provide justice, and his call is extremely effective. I highly recommend this book to every American.It is essential that we know what is occurring in courts across our country." 1776 Productions

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     Immigrants in the immigration court system face a legal system that the average American would scarcely recognize, one that is a far cry from the legal system that protects private property.  In Show Trials, Afrasiabi unpackages the major constituents of the immigration system and through real world stories identifies the system's failure to live up to historic American ideals of justice.  Tracing his real immigration court cases of a persecuted Chinese rice farmer, an Iraqi survivor of Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, a lesbian fearing Romanian reprisals, an Armenian survivor of KGB attacks and Soviet religious persecution, an American surfer brought to the United States from Syria as a baby, Mexican families with American citizen teenagers, and, among others, Peruvian children seeking protection, Afrasiabi describes in simple, accessible terms the absence of due process and the erosion of justice in the modern immigration system that is tasked with handling these important life and liberty cases.
      Rich in historical context as it traces the evolution and devolution of the American immigration legal system, the systemic failings of immigration judges, the absence of legal protections for American citizen children, the overzealous government lawyers deporting immigrants, and the underperforming private immigration lawyers,
Show Trials delivers a powerful contemporary narrative of the immigration system that forces readers to rethink and question some of their basic assumptions about immigration policy.  
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Envelope Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0984791523
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0984791521
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
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