Review of "Behind the Greencard: How Immigration Policy is Killing the American Dream"

by Anthony Guidice

Donald Dobkin, veteran immigration practitioner, turned author and academic has just finised a new book entitled, Behind the Greencard: How Immigration Policy is Killing the American Dream. The book is scheduled to be released in April. Here is a review of the book.

Just because someone - especially an immigration lawyer - can write a book, doesn't mean it's worth reading. It may just mean they know the mechanics of book writing. Behind The Green Card isn't just another homogenized self-serving publication from just another member of the cautious, money-clutching herd. This book is part history and part policy discussion. But most important to me is it's compelling descriptions of abuses of power and overly far-reaching authority within the US government immigration machinery.

In 1771, Edmund Burke said "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." Dobkin's Behind The Green Card is refreshing and welcome view into the current morass of immigration law. Dobkin isn't afraid to question anything: the economically debilitating immigration business legal system, a disturbing quasi-lawmaking in the executive branch, an oddly Schutzstaffel-like ICE security force, and the erosion of due process. Nothing escapes his discerning and penetrating net, including the expedient interests of politician and bureaucrats alike.

Here's what's dangerous: Americans being so contented, soft, and complacent that the government can run amok without anyone being very concerned. Here's what's dangerous in Immigration Law: lawyers making enough money, properly and otherwise (encouraged by their organizations?) to ignore any path to a reasonable and beneficial immigration legal system. Finally there is a book that carries that actuality out of its dark shadow - this one.

Behind The Green Card is a sturdy rudder for guidance toward 1) a better immigration scheme; 2) a government guided by principals; and 3) an ethical foundation for immigration lawyers. If that doesn't interest you, don't buy it - there's always NPR, Fox News, or another CIR webinar.

About The Author

Anthony Guidice practices Immigration Law in Rochester, New York. Reach him at] or at 585/478-0555.

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