Alison Peck is a law professor at West Virginia University and the author of “The Accidental History of U.S. Immigration Courts,” an astonishing recollection of the origins and growth of the Justice Department procedures that decide whether immigrants stay or go. Professor Peck described the types of claims heard by these agency courts, the legal authorities relied upon to decide cases, and the adverse consequences for people who are denied the right to stay. Professor Peck urged people seeking asylum to consult a lawyer or the growing number of self-help resources available online. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine bookstores.
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