Blog on The Republicans’ Principles on Immigration


March 05, 2014

Blog on The Republicans’ Principles on Immigration:

Are the House Republicans Just Being Wined and Dined by The Prison Industrial Complex,

Or Are House Republicans Truly Serious About

Passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In the Near Future?

The following is the Attorney’s reaction to the January 30th release of the Republican Party’s so called “Principles on Immigration.” [They were previously called "standards]." The opinions expressed about these principles are solely those of the author, and yes, are probably controversial for many. The Republican Principles on Immigration are or should be very controversial as well, given the complete inaction in the House of Representatives.


The “Rebublican Principles” start with the premise that our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not enforced. This is nothing new. The only thing notable is that the Republicans have never told us how many more billions of government spending it would take to enforce the current set of laws we have on our books. The answer is that the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, or “IIRIRA96” for short, a Republican creation, created a literal monster of “enforcement only” purported solutionsto the perceived problems of the unauthorized foreign national population residing in the U.S.

IIRIRA96 established the statutory basis to deport thousands of lawful permanent

residents who have had brushes with the law, often very minor. These deported immigrants have in most cases left their children and spouses behind, and many have gone on welfare or worse, and have had their lives, and their children’s lives and futures ruined, if not extremely adversely affected. These are not family values, a common Republican mantra, and nobody has ever claimed with a straight face that dividing up a family for life across national borders is a “family value.”

The Government for its part both under George W. Bush and Barack Obama has taken extremely aggressive, pro-deportation, anti-immigrant positions in nearly all cases in the Federal Courts of interpreting Congress’s 1996 enforcement salvo. The government interpretations which typically survived in the more conservative U.S. Courts of Appeals panels turned out to be so Draconian that the U.S. Supreme Court in resolution of splits in the circuit courts of appeals has “just said no” to the Department of Justice’s position in many cases. The first case was called St. Cyr, and the others are not yet household case names like Miranda but maybe some will become household names. This may take place if we ever reach a kinder, more gentle era when a sense of fair play and fairness to families finally returns to the process of implementing and interpreting our nation’s immigration laws. The non-lawyer reader should note in the interest of fairness that usually the only cases which are appealed to the Federal Court system are those in which the foreign national loses his or her case – the Government cannot appeal its victory because it likes the rule, but still gets another a deportation. Thus the law which emerges in the U.S. Courts of Appeals tends to emanate from actual, or likely deportees.

The problem presented by most of these cases before the U.S. Supreme Court intervened and restored hearings is that the foreign nationals litigants, especially so called lawful permanent residents, have been banished for life without any meaningful hearing before an Immigration Judge. When a lawful permanent resident is ordered deported for a criminal conviction which cannot be forgiven, or “waived” in immigration law parlance, the administrative Immigration Judge is forced to say in legalize, “You don’t qualify for relief, therefore you are ordered deported from this country.” The Judges might as well add, “Congress do not care how many U.S. Citizen children or a spouse whom you will leave behind.” Many of the relatively powerless immigration judges probably would like to care and actually hear the whole case but they will be fired by Justice Department superiors if they do.

A significant number of recent U.S. Supreme Court cases have restored administrative hearings such that Immigration Judges are subsequently allowed to weigh the negative factors inherent in a lawful permanent resident’s case such as criminal convictions or fraud against the humanitarian and sympathetic ties such as family ties, roots in the communities, property ties, length of residence in the U.S. and rehabilitation. These cases are named St Cyr, Judulang, Leocal, Lopez, Vartela, Moncrief, Carachuri- Rosendo and Padilla. The interested reader unfamiliar with the issues presented in immigration court battles can readily google these names, read one or two of these cases and contemplate how many people were deported and how many families were permanently divided across national boundaries without a hearing before these named cases were decided against the Justice Department. These decisions adverse to the Government’s positions were handed down by a not exactly liberal U.S. Supreme Court. In short, the number of shattered lives left in the wake of the Government’s failed Draconian arguments to notch deportees must be staggering. To the best of the author’s knowledge, the Justice Department has not itself yet moved to bring back a single deported immigrant to the U.S. for a hearing after a similarly situated, luckier immigrant subsequent won a hearing for the benefit of hundreds, if not thousands of other litigants in the U.S. Supreme Court. This sad fact means that actions taken before these cases were decided are a still a de facto death penalty to the many affected families. If a lawful "permanent" resident is deported after a criminal offense, it is nearly impossible to ever return, regardless of how many U.S. Citizen children, spouse, or businesses, or other relatives you have left behind in the U.S. This is sad but a true consequence of most deportations from the United States.

Has the U.S. had enough ‘enforcement only’ as a solution to our broken immigration system? The same Republicans who pretend to loathe big Government have actually espoused a Big Government position on immigration in their so-called principles, although the Republicans criticize President Obama by the hour, day and even minute for insisting on Big Government as a solution to our nation’s problems. Are Republicans really opposed to Big Government? The answer is a resounding "no" when it comes to immigration affairs, despite their newly espoused Principles.

Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First

This is perhaps the most ludicrous and dishonest part of the Republican set of principles espoused on January 30, 2014. Let me explain why - illegal immigration is not caused by people who are vicious criminals, although criminals do prey on those unauthorized immigrants who do not qualify under the legal system but who make great sacrifice in order to search for a better life in the United States. Illegal immigration is caused primarily by greater economic opportunity available in the country to which the illegal immigrant travels when such basic economic opportunity is often unheard of in the country of origin. There are also other factors such as the existence of widespread violence in the unauthorized immigrants’ countries of origin, the desire to flee from persecution, and the understandable desire to obtain a better life for one’s children. These principles exist all over the globe, not only in the U.S. All you have to do is calculate the “Gross Domestic Product” per capita in U.S. dollars for every country in the world and put a number on the map in the middle of the country. “Gross Domestic Product per capita” is the average output each person in a country produces per year in U.S. dollar equivalents from a comparative standpoint. You will quickly be able to track flows of unauthorized (or “illegal” if you want to make a political point) immigrants around the world from poor countries to the rich countries, or from lower numbers to higher numbers. I did this for 25 countries to prepare for a class for my then fourteen year old son’s geography class at the Atlanta International School. I was a little surprised that nearly all of the tragic immigration problems with refugees around the globe in the last forty years seem to stem from regions which have relatively low numbers in GDP per capita to regions which have much higher numbers.

In other words, the path of unauthorized immigrants flows from the land of dirt to the land of honey, regardless of what region in the world is in issue. When the Republicans say that border security and interior enforcement must come first, it appears that what they are really saying is that they do not want to pass what up until very recently was labeled a “path to citizenship.” Why is this? We as a nation will never be able to establish complete ‘border security and interior enforcement’ without breaking our fiscal bank. The laws of economics which propel unauthorized immigrants are generally much more fluid, more powerful and less easily violated, or ignored than the immigration laws occasionally tinkered with by politicians. We as a nation just cannot afford to deport the 11 million or so unauthorized immigrants in our midst and seal off our borders, despite the influence, lobbying and reach of the “Prison Industrial Complex.” (I will say more about this below).

First, the issue of border security is too large to be fixed without the utilization of more U.S. troops than we employed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Second, many of the problems with border security have to do with the war on drugs which, despite the recent capture of Joaquin “el chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug kingpin, is a failure. The re-arrest of "El Chapo" capture will not stem the flow of drugs and people north, and guns and cash south. Nor is border security a measurable fact which this country can achieve in the short run. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have the courage to say that curbing demand for drugs, or legalization of drugs, may be cheaper and more effective solutions worthy of a chance to succeed in the long run. This blog is not about the drug war, but to say that we can achieve border security without "winning" the drug war is ludicrous. Reaching a verifiable measure of border security seems to be little more than a politician’s slogan. In fact, it is a vast oversimplification of a much deeper and complex problem which incumbent politicians, mostly Republicans but for some Democrats as well, fear so much that they won’t even touch because they are far too worried about winning their next election than solving one of the nation’s most intractable problems.

What I call the Prison Industrial Complex is a phenomena which fuels many political campaign war chests. Prisons and jails have been privatized nationwide, particulary those “detention centers” which are in the commercial, for profit business of detaining immigrants pending administrative hearings to remain in the U.S. Large corporations have largely taken over the detention of immigrants pending deportation with, or without a judge. Twenty years ago a very small fraction of unauthorized immigrants, or lawful permanent residents were held in jail awaiting to see an Immigration Judge, or awaiting deportation. Today the reverse seems to be true – it seems that a majority of immigrants are detained, or at least forced to post a large bond to obtain temporary freedom depending on the outcome of their case in U.S. Immigration Court.

In short, the number of detained immigrants is now staggering. Large corporations such as the Corrections Corporations of America hire retired, and politically connected high ranking officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, from the U.S. Marshall’s Office and from other similar law enforcement organizations to lobby for them in Washington, D.C. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement has minimum bed mandates so that even those immigrants without criminal records whose only infraction is to enter the U.S. illegally, a misdemeanor, or to overstay a visa, no crime at all, must be locked up until a bond can be posted, providing that they qualify under new Justice Department restrictive case law rules for bonds. The places where the detention facilities are located tend to be in high unemployment areas far away from family, friends, and potential counsel. Local communities with high unemployment suddenly hire locals as jailers. In short, the detention of immigrants has a tendency to make politicians look effective in areas with very high unemployment. Who can say no to the lobbying efforts of the Prison Industrial Complex? The Prison Industrial Complex fuels so many campaign war chests that locking people up has to be part of the solution for both Republicans and many Democrats alike if they want to remain in office.

There is a human tragedy caused by all of this unnecessary detention. The author has lived in Franco’s Spain, and later in the Soviet Union as a young high school and college student respectively. Locking up people for minor infractions is no answer. This practice of widespread detention for minor violations, or for no criminal offense at all is rapidly eroding America’s reputation as a beacon of freedom around the world. The influence of the Prison Industrial Complex on both the immigration and true criminal law enforcement is the culprit for the erosion of American values in how the U.S. Government treats people. The Republicans simply need to stop insisting on border security first. Achieving border security first is in the opinion of the author is a pipe dream, or a smoke screen for saying, “we do not want to legalize anyone from south of the border, thank you very much.”

The question of achieving interior enforcement is equally perplexing to tackle but the Republican Principles insist on attaining this mirage before immigration reform can be acceptable to the House Republicans. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement can place numerous agents at the prisons all over the U.S. in what is known internally as the “CAPS” program to apprehend and place prison inmates in removal proceedings, instead of trying to round up minor traffic violators at local county and municipal jails. In fact, there is a recent trend away from focusing on local traffic violations as a vehicle for apprehending unauthorized foreign nationals present in the U.S. Nevertheless, the 287(g) programs which has created “immigration posses” out of participating local sheriffs, have turned communities into ghost towns and have divided hard working multinational families across national borders, leaving small children without one parent and the household without a main source of financial support. The 287(g) programs which have taken place in primarily in red states have also stunted economic growth in affected areas. More study of the economic blight cased by 287(g) cooperation between local police and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement needs to be undertaken to estimate the extent of the economic and societal damage caused.

Breaking up families by putting a 48 hour ICE hold on foreign national traffic violators, the linchpin of the 287(g) programs, is so controversial that California has passed a law making it illegal for local jailers to observe “ICE holds” based on minor traffic violations. In other words, the result of the implementation of about six years of 287(g) programs has demonstrated that we as a nation are equally ill equipped financially, morally and manpower-wise to complete ‘interior enforcement’ in the very near future. The inescapable conclusion appears to be that the U.S. House of Representatives, the only part of Congress which has not agreed to comprehensive immigration reform, does not, and indeed cannot pass comprehensive immigration reform based on their newly espoused “principles” without funding and expanding the very same “BIG GOVERNMENT” approach which they constantly tell President Obama that they oppose.

The U.S. has seemingly spent more money every year on more border patrol agents and more technology along the border, and on the Prison Industrial Complex’s huge appetite for taxpayer dollars for detention. Nevertheless, the unauthorized immigrants still keep coming to the U.S. if there is work to be offered to them. This magnet will exist as long as some employer still wants to hire them. Will the Republicans amend their principles to put numerous US Citizens in jail for hiring undocumented aliens? Don’t bet on it.

Implement Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System

Again, it appears that the Republicans are dreaming, or at least blowing smoke and stalling in the process. Do we really want those foreign born visitors who are about to exit the U.S. and who have spent their money and hopefully enjoyed their trip here to be subjected to more Government scrutiny just before they leave? I think in most parts of the world, particularly where I now reside in the South, people want to be gracious hosts and bid their guests farewell and hope that they come back for another visit. Do the Republicans really advocate that we take the fingerprints and biometrics of those who have just visited this country? Maybe, but those Republicans that do may come from a different planet than the one I have lived on. Or maybe they have never left the U.S. or have not spent a significant amount of time in a foreign country as a guest as I have. I don’t know where it is customary to treat your guest like an enemy before he or she leaves, unless you are intent on practicing the Roman rule of killing the messenger who brings bad news.

Employment Verification and Workplace Enforcement

The Principles include employment and workplace enforcement as a principle. The Republicans claim to be a party that is pro-business. Many employers have hired unauthorized immigrants over the years, knowingly and otherwise, since the procedure to check the documentation to work in the U.S. was passed in 1986. The system is admittedly outdated. Nevertheless, many companies large and small are straddled with, yet aided by key personnel without papers. Companies and employers know that they want the best qualified and skilled people to make the work of the company proceed faster and more efficiently. If key personnel have contributed to the company’s bottom line but lack documentation, the solution has to be to keep them, and to include them in the legalization program. Yet the Republicans insist on border security and interior enforcement first. Both cannot happen. There needs to be a comprehensive solution which will allow the key personnel who happen to be undocumented to stay employed. This is how America functions well – each employer hires the best people it can find and competition pushes the best and brightest to the top. Excluding hard workers because both key employees above and hard-working employees below have turned out not to have papers will not help this country compete. That is what the e-verify program has tended to result in. It does not help companies to compete.

Reforms to the legal Immigration System

The author agrees with the Republicans on this topic. We are falling desperately behind the rest of the industrialized world in math, science, and engineering, literally by the minute. Due to our restrictive business immigration system, we have trained and graduated thousands of masters and PhD candidates in math, science of engineering who have gone back home to their countries of origin mainly to India and China but to many other countries as well, at a time when many, if not most could have been enticed to stay and help grow out economy if a simple path to residency for these needed professionals had been established. The author agrees that our legal immigration system is no longer in step with the needs of our economy, nor is it competitive with most other industrialized countries who compete for the same skilled, talented labor in the fields where we as a nation are so desperately and rapidly falling behind, i.e. in math, science and engineering. The limit to the number of professional allowed in under the H-1B program has resulted in a national disgrace. This limit apparently was designed by nativists and others concerned about the increasingly foreign elements in our society. They did not want an invasion of Asian, Latin and African professionals doing the work they thought that Americans are immediately going to become interested in. For a number of socially complex reasons, most commentators agree unanimously that our schools and universities are not training enough future engineers, mathematicians and scientists fast enough to fulfill business and industry’s needs in this area. Yet there are thousands and thousands of foreign students who would gladly stay in the U.S., imbue their own creative spin on Employers' collective contributions to the U.S. economy both big and small. However, these companies cannot readily hire the talent in these fields which they want, right away. Microsoft and other technology companies have actually set up subsidiaries in Canada and in other countries because they cannot rapidly hire and integrate the work of needed software, hardware engineers and others which allow them to compete in the world economy. In short, the business immigration system is broken, and needs easier solutions than it now has to fulfill the needs for talented high tech and other technologically inclined workers. The Senate recognized this. The House needs to get on board. So far, the House members have just talked.


The Republicans have apparently come up with yet another sharp change in course. They now say in their principles that “it is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence for those who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own, those who know no other place as home.” Yet it took an unprecedented executive action by the Obama Administration called the “Deferred Action for Child Arrivals,” or “DACA” to grant temporary status to thousands of these children and young adults because the Republican Party could not, or would not pass the Dream Act in the Senate. Now that the genie is out of the bottle in the form of limited status for DACA recipients, the Republicans have finally realized that they cannot turn around and deport those law abiding DACA recipients who finally can drive a car, work lawfully, and pursue their dreams of upward mobility in a competitive society.

Yes, it is inevitable the DACA recipients will vote some day in the not too distant future, and the Republicans obviously want to share in the credit for it. Nevertheless, a splinter group of rabid anti-immigrant Republicans recently challenged the legality of President Obama’s DACA program in Federal Court in Texas – and lost! Eventually, when the question of a “path to citizenship,” or just old fashioned ‘amnesty,’ is addressed in House legislation, the Republicans will have to swallow their ‘law and order’ pride. They will learn in the long run that amnesty is not such a dirty word after all. The have had to recognize that this nation will eventually make these young, near Americans into voters. The DACA’s won’t forget who voted against the Dream Act unless you give them a green card soon!

Individual Living Outside the Rule of Law

This is the proposal we have all been waiting for from the House of Representatives. The Senate passed a proposal to legalize millions. The House seemingly has no stomach for it in an election year. Instead, the Principles has couched the debate in favor of emphasizing the law breaking element of those foreign nationals who are unlawfully present in the U.S. When will a Republican politician admit publicly that one who enters the U.S. at a place other than a place of inspection by a U.S. Immigration inspector has only committed a misdemeanor? When will a Republican or Democratic lawmaker admit that unlawful presence in the U.S. is a mere civil violation of law which does not merit someone being locked up at taxpayer expense to the tune of $55 or more per day, not counting the Government salaries and benefits for the agents who lock them up?

The Republican proposal assumes that those foreign nationals unlawfully present are to be treated like serious felons who need to apologize for their true status - economic refugees. The truth about their sins under current law could not be further from the truth. Unlawful presence is not a crime. Overstaying a visa is not a crime. Entering the U.S. border is a misdemeanor only. The author wonders how many self-righteous Republican (and Democratic) House members have never committed a misdemeanor in their lifetime. My best guess that if prior commission of a misdemeanor or felony were grounds for exclusion from membership in the House of Representatives, we would have a very workable group of Congressmen and women who could do all their business at one small kitchen table...

Their principles end with the following quote: “none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented to fulfill our promise to the American people that from here on, immigration laws will indeed be enforced. The problem is that if the Republicans have the solution backward. There can be no comprehensive solution until those 11 million or so who are unlawfully present in the U.S. can be identified, given documents for work, given driver’s licenses readily, and can obtain permission to return to their home country to visit their relatives whom they have not seen for years. The backward part of their proposal, and what just will not work – is that a path to lawful permanent residence such as they now suggest in their principles must be tied to enforcement triggers. This is completely unworkable, and appears to be no more than a smokescreen for their secretly desired result, more enforcement only, and more wining and dining in exchange for campaign contributions courtesy of the Prison Industrial Complex.

It was indeed the Republicans who invented and passed a set of extraordinarily restrictive laws called the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act back in late September 1996. This monster of law enforcement only legislation was presented to President Clinton to sign about five weeks before his re-election. He complained about it loudly but signed it, and was re-elected in a landslide during better economic times when the unauthorized workers in our society were quietly tolerated.

The Republicans have had seventeen years to develop verifiable enforcement triggers, and have not come up with any. In the author’s view, the Obama Administration deliberately increased the numbers of deportations to record levels in order to present record deportations as the only readily verifiable enforcement trigger it could muster up for public sale as part of a deal to pass comprehensive immigration reform. This short sighted program has failed thousands and thousands of families, and literally an entire generation of young children born in the U.S. who have predominantly Spanish speaking parents without papers, or whose parents have been deported by the last two Administrations. Enforcement only has simply failed, and has blackened our eye as a nation which still believes, at least domestically, that we are the beacon of freedom in the world. How long must we continue to kid ourselves about this?

The rest of the world is laughing, and some world leaders are not happy about being spied on either. I am not laughing. Again, I was privileged enough to have lived for months in two separate and distinct totalitarian countries, Spain and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a young student. Foreign nationals living in the U.S. live under the same type of environment as the citizens of those two countries where their families could be split up by the police, where the government agents could disrupt a family on a moment’s notice as a reward for suspected, feigned or real political opposition to the regime. In the U.S. we are doing the same thing to the parents of U.S. Citizen children where jail for sometimes months for mere unlawful presence in the U.S. can become a reality upon a driver taking wrong turn on the roadway, or worse, for “driving while brown.” The current immigration enforcement only set of laws on the books is not a manifestation of the "freedom and justice for all" which we preach to the rest of the world, America! The plight of many of the immigrant families reminds me a lot of what life was like for the nationals in Franco’s Spain and Brezhnev’s USSR. If America wants to regain its world reputation as the defender of freedom, we have to abandon the model of the Prison Industrial Complex, at least as it imprisons those who have only committed a misdemeanor, or overstayed a visa.

Our nation’s civil jailers and their lobbyists in Washington whom I have labeled the Prison Industrial Complex have had enough business in the last eighteen years. We as a nation cannot compete with China, India and Western Europe in the 21st century when we employ near minimum wage guards in record numbers in pockets of deep unemployment to make politicians look good. We cannot afford this continued dose of Big Government. I have been constantly hearing that turning away from Big Government is a Republican value if I listen carefully to the Washington, DC marketing noise.

The serious game of keeping America on top in the world is not well served by our current ‘enforcement only’ immigration policies. Time is running out, but the Prison Industrial Complex continues to lobby to distort what really are our core values – he who is willing to work enough to get ahead ought to be allowed to if the employer needs him and there are roots here justifying temporary presence. One should not be put in jail for civil violations of the law, even if that person overstayed a visa (no crime) or snuck across the border to (e.g. a misdemeanor) in order to get here.

Our country’s businesses large and small should have as many ‘first round draft picks’ readily available to them in the areas of math, science and engineering, at least until we can produce enough domestic talent to fulfill the needs of our economy in a competitive world.

America is like a huge ocean going vessel. We are not being allowed to staff it properly by the House Republicans. In the ultra-globally competitive world of the 21st century, we as a nation must excel once again as an immigrant nation. We cannot afford to wait for our colleges, universities and multinational corporations to persuade young kids to go into technology. We train thousands of foreign national students in technological disciplines each year. We need to keep the best and the brightest. Nobody wants to live in the U.S. without a green card. Canada, Australia, New Zeland and many other competing countries will gladly give these math, science and engineering graduates easy access to a stable life which young professionals need and crave. We continue to create bureaucratic obstacles and limits on critical visas instead.


It is an election year, but the elections are still months off. Laino U.S. Citizen voters are fed up, and won’t buy the Republican principles on immigration reform without any concrete, implemed action. First, the Republicans have to delete their insistence on border security and interior enforcement as a prerequisite to legalization. They can easily do it if they want to, but if they don’t do anything more than continue to talk, the long term future of the Republican Party may be at stake. Latino U.S. Citizen voters will rally even more against the Republican Party than they did during the re-election of President Obama.

House Speaker John Boehner can risk his political future within the Republican Party by courageously putting up the reform bill passed by the Senate for an up or down vote in the House of Representatives. Most observers say it will pass and become law. Now is the opportune time. Maybe Mr. Boehner can muster the courage to put the needs of the country above his obvious desire to keep his job. For the good of America, we hope that he can put up the bill for a vote to end the relentless posturing and start real action on a system agreed to by all to be seriously in need of major repair.

If the conservative Republicans don’t like the new law, then they can shut down the Government over the law just like they did over their futile attempts to challenge in the Courts, and then later to defund "Obamacare," or the Affordable Care Act. Then we can return to Washington disfunction and write Chapter Two. Or, we as a nation can re-tool our ocean going vessel with the best, brightest and hardest working talent, release thousands from isolated jails and thus trim our deficit with the savings. We can re-light that beacon of freedom atop the main mast of the ship, and return to compete seriously in the world economy and return to number one out there on the big ocean sea! After all, it was immigrants who got us here. Immigrants are the solution, not the problem!

This editorial blog is the sole opinion of the author although thousands if not millions of voters and professionals in the immigration world in the U.S. probably share many, if not most of these views. This piece is not intended to do anything other than make the reader see that now is the time to act, not to make lofty similar pronouncements as the Republican Party seems to be doing in order to duck the issue before the upcoming primary and election year so that not a single incumbent will not lose their jobs because of true, bold action.

The author has been advocating on behalf of immigrants, legal and unauthorized, for nearly 26 years in literally hundreds of interviews, jail interviews, court hearings, administrative hearings, appeals to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals, three appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in appeals, habeas other federal court proceedings in lower Federal courts, both criminal and civil cases, regarding the plight of immigrants in the U.S.. He has also assisted in over a thousand cases involving spouses, children, businessmen, actors, and professional athletes to enter and to enrich the United States.

The author has lived in Spain, Germany, and Russia (i.e. the former Soviet Union), and has travelled to more than 28 countries in his lifetime. The number of countries he has visited reached this level the last time he stopped to count. (Many countries are now separate and independent, such as Belarus and Estonia). He has represented clients from well over 100 countries before the U.S. immigration authorities and criminal prosecutors, not to mention in obtaining justice from insurance companies.

The author admits that he is an independent voter, and his views tend to be in the minority in the Deep South, where he has lived and practiced law in Atlanta and the surrounding areas since 1985. In hard cover, he has authored since 2006 a chapter on immigration law for use primarily by criminal defense lawyers in Georgia which is entitled Appendix D of Daniel’s Georgia Criminal Trial practice. Georgia Criminal Trial Practice is now authored primarily by John “Jack” Goger, Superior Court Judge of Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia. He has written extensively on similar subjects online, independently, and for use in seminars, and has lectured and held short lectures followed by Q & A’s on immigration law, primarily for lawyers and judges, and to a lesser extent for students at the Atlanta International School where his two sons received their high school diplomas and are now college students in California.

Copyright Peter Reed Hill 2014. All rights reserved.

About The Author

Policy Center Peter Reed Hill is a solo practitioner in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1979 with a B.A. in International Studies. He subsequently graduated from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona in 1982 with a Masters in International Management, now an M.B.A. Finally, he graduated from Emory Law School in 1988. He has practiced primarily in immigration law but he also has extensive experience in criminal defense and in accident litigation, particularly since the Illegal Immigrant and Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act prohibited the legalization of the status of the vast majority of illegal immigrants present in the U.S. Mr. Hill studied in high school in Barcelona, Spain on the School Year Abroad program. He later in college in the former Soviet Union. He speaks Spanish every day at work. He used to be fluent in Russian after his summer in the U.S.S.R. and once worked as a Russian interpreter. While on trips to his wife's native Taiwan, the author manages to make everyone laugh with his broken Mandarin. The opinions in this article are solely those of the author.

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