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Local Author publishes legal memoir highlighting Immigration Reform

By Staff | Dec 7, 2012

Shepherdstown resident Paul Grussendorf has spent his legal career seeking justice for refugees and migrants in the United States.

He was the law professor who directed George Washington University’s Immigration Law Clinic for a decade before being appointed to the position of Immigration Law Judge and serving another decade as a jurist making the tough calls in immigration court.

His self-published memoir, ‘My Trials: Inside America’s Deportation Factories,’ highlights the kinds of abuse and bureaucratic bumbling that make it tough for migrants who are caught up in the immigration enforcement machinery to get an even break. His book is timely in that detailed policy recommendations for immigration reform are included. One novel recommendation is that the U.S. accord ‘most-favored nation’ status to Mexican migrants so that they could come and work freely in the U.S. and return to Mexico without any legal repercussions.

The nation’s prestigious professional organization for immigration lawyers, the 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.

Paul Grussendorf is available to address community and church organizations on the tough issue of immigration reform which the newly-elected administration will need to address in the coming months.

Find the paperback edition at www.createspace.com/3850094.