Legal Briefs on IMMIGRATION REFORM from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country

In light of imminent national immigration reform, Editors Deborah Robinson and Mona Parsa asked 25 of The Top Legal Minds in the Country this question:If you were called upon by the President of the United States to recommend a piece of immigration legislation that could pass the legal test of the U.S. Constitution and both houses of Congress, what would it include? This book is their answer.

Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country is a comprehensive and extensive compilation of brief legal opinions, observations, and analyses on the issue of immigration reform from25 of The Top Legal Minds in the Country. It is a must-read resource for attorneys, elected officials, legislators, policy makers, educators, students, citizens, immigrants and anyone interested in the future of America.

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Deborah Robinson is an award-winning journalist, author, producer, documentary filmmaker and television personality. She is the host of The Deborah Interviews Show andDeborah Interviews on The Immigration Law Channel, executive producer of the documentary filmReasonable Suspicionand author/editor/publisher of four additional books: Journey to Purpose: 31 Days of Faith Declarations, Daisy Bates: In Her Own Words, Lady Silverstone’s Darkest Hour and Conspired Redemption. Deborah spent her broadcast career in Little Rock covering local news, public affairs and politics. She is a former contributor to Fresh Outlook Magazine and a former correspondent for Black Entertainment Television (BET) News. Deborah has won several awards for her news and public affairs coverage, including the cable industry’s prestigious Crystal Award, a regional award from VH-1 and a national award from the Arts & Entertainment Channel. Deborah’s life passion is to reveal and communicate truth through her work in the media.


Mona Parsa, Esq. is owner of the Law Office of Mona Parsa, where she primarily practices immigration law. She previously conducted religious freedom and human rights research with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in Washington, D.C. and was In-house Counsel of a major employee union for law enforcement personnel of the State of California. With a passion for justice, Mona has held the position of Government Relations and Advocacy Chair for the United Nations Association-Orange County, and has authored scholarly articles on national and international policy. She is a producer of the documentary filmReasonable Suspicion, a member of the United Nations Association-USA’s Speakers Bureau, and is listed in the Global Expert Finder database of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.


1  Jason A. Dzubow, Esq.Picture

  • Heads The Asylumist Blog
  • Honored by Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition for Outstanding Commitment to Defending the Rights and Dignity of Detained Immigrants
  • Recipient, Department of Justice Outstanding Performance Award

Jason Dzubow is Partner with Dzubow, Sarapu & Pilcher, PLLC in Washington, D.C., specializing in immigration law and political asylum. He has represented hundreds of asylum seekers before the Asylum Office, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts of Appeals. In addition to his immigration work, Dzubow is an appellate attorney. He has litigated a wide variety of cases in federal and state appeals courts in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and other jurisdictions. Dzubow previously worked as an immigration attorney at Catholic Community Services in New Jersey, and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia. For his work at the Arlington Immigration Court, Dzubow received the Department of Justice Outstanding Performance Award. He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Senior Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and he received a B.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia.



The Refugee Protection Act provides many improvementsto the asylum system;
it helps us fulfill our responsibility to protect vulnerable people who are
fleeing persecutionand it protects ournational security.”
Jason A. Dzubow, Esq.



Can the system of priority dates therefore notberightlycondemned
as an officialthough unacknowledgedacceptanceby the government of institutionalized racism?
Gary E. Endelman, Esq., Ph.D.

2  Gary E. Endelman, Esq., Ph.D.

Gary E. Endelman, Esq., Ph.D.


  • In-House Immigration Counsel, BP America Inc., handling all U.S. Immigration Law for the BP Group of Companies
  • Testified Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Columnist and Author

Gary E. Endelman is In-house Immigration Counsel for BP America Inc., handling all U.S. immigration law for the BP group of companies throughout the world from March 1995 – March 2011. Endelman is board certified in immigration and nationality law and has served on the certification exam committee in immigration and nationality law for the State Bar of Texas for several years and chaired the body for three years. He is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics, has a column on immigration law at, and has written extensively in various national publications, including Interpreter Releases, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Immigration Briefings, and Immigration Business News & Comment. For a decade, he has served as a senior editor of the national conference handbook published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Endelman is the author of Solidarity Forever: Rose Schneiderman and the Women’s Trade Union Movement. Endelman received a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. & Doctorate in U.S. History from the University of Delaware, and a J.D. from the University of Houston.

3  Michael Fix, Esq.



  • Co-Director, Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
  • Served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Redesign of U.S. Naturalization Tests
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany

Michael Fix is an attorney and U.S. expert on immigration and migrant communities. He is Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). His work focuses on immigrant integration, citizenship policy, immigrant children and families, the education of immigrant students, the effect of welfare reform on immigrants, and the impact of immigrants on the U.S. labor force. Fix previously directed the Immigration Studies Program at the Urban Institute. He was a member of the Advisory Panel to the Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program. Fix is a former New Millennium Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. His recent publications include Immigrants and Welfare, Los Angeles on the Leading Edge: Immigrant Integration Indicators and Their Policy Implications and Securing the Future: U.S. Immigrant Integration Policy, A Reader. Fix received a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Princeton University. He completed additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.


“The repeal of birthright citizenship would clearly affectimmigrants and their children.
What is less commonlyunderstood is that the effects of repeal would besuffered by future U.S.-born generations.”
Michael Fix, Esq.


“Vigilant enforcement of immigration lawsat the worksite is an integral part of anysuccessful immigration reform package.”
Austin T. Fragomen, Esq.

4  Austin T. Fragomen, Esq.



  • Chairman of the Board, American Council onInternational Personnel
  • Member of the Board, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
  • Chairman, City Bar Justice Center of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Austin T. Fragomen is Chairman of the international immigration law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. Over the course of his career in immigration, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law. Further, he has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues, most recently providing testimony in support of the L-1 visa category usage by multinational companies. Fragomen is the founding co-author of a series of immigration handbooks that provide information on the best practices and latest developments in the field of business immigration. Fragomen is chairman of the City Bar Justice Center of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies, chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council on International Personnel, and chairman of the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Immigration Institute. He also serves as editorial board member of the International Migration Review, member of the Board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

5  Chris E. Gafner, Esq.



  • Immigration Attorney, Gafner Law Firm–New York City
  • Former Judicial Clerk, Northern District of New York
  • Author, Numerous Immigration Articles Published in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin and Fordham Urban Law Journal

Chris E. Gafner is an immigration attorney practicing in New York City. Following graduation from law school, Gafner served as a judicial clerk in the Northern District of New York. Thereafter, he began working in New York City and quickly determined he would have a more meaningful and fulfilling career helping immigrants contribute to America’s economic and cultural growth. To that end he founded Gafner Law Firm, PC. Gafner has authored numerous immigration articles focused on improving America’s ability to attract the best and brightest immigrants to the United States, including Attracting the Best and Brightest: A Critique of the Current U.S. Immigration System and AAO Makes Proving Extraordinary Ability Extraordinarily Hard to Prove. Gafner received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.



“Ambitious, intelligent people have long soughtto immigrate to the United States.
The United Stateshas long reaped the benefits of talented immigrants.”
Chris E. Gafner, Esq.

Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country is a must-read resource for attorneys, elected officials, legislators, policy makers, educators, students, citizens, immigrants and anyone interested in the future of America.


“Asylum officers and immigration judgesare burdened with overloaded dockets
and a complex law to apply in asylum cases.
Regina Germain, Esq.

6  Regina Germain, Esq.



  • Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Former Senior Legal Counselor, Washington Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • 2010 Recipient, AILA Colorado Public Service Award

Regina Germain has practiced in the field of asylum law for over 20 years as a practitioner, an advocate and a law professor. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, teaching asylum law and asylum law practicum. She has also taught asylum law and practice at the Georgetown University Law Center. Germain is a member of the ABA’s Commission on Immigration Advisory Committee and Chair of the Asylum Committee for AILA Colorado. She is a former legal director of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center in Denver, Colorado. She also worked as an attorney for the Central American Refugee Center in Houston, Texas and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, Arizona. She is the author of AILA’s Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure. Germain received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught as a fellow in the Asylum Clinic. She received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

7  Bill Ong Hing, Esq.



  • Founder, The Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, California
  • Author, Numerous Books and Articles on Immigration Policy and Race Relations
  • Advisor, The Asian Law Caucus and the Asian American Justice Center

Bill Ong Hing is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches rebellious lawyering, immigration law and policy, evidence, and negotiation. He started his legal career as a legal services attorney in San Francisco. Throughout his career, he has pursued social justice by combining community work, litigation, and scholarship. Hing is the author of numerous academic and practice-oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations. His most recent book is Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration. Other books include Deporting Our Souls–Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy, Defining America Through Immigration Policy, Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy, Handling Immigration Cases, and Immigration and the Law–a Dictionary. Hing was co-counsel in the precedent-setting Supreme Court asylum case, INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca. Hing is founder of, and continues to volunteer as General Counsel for, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco. He received an A.B. from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.



“There is a good argument that the United Stateshas a historical debt to pay
for what it has doneto the agriculturalsector in Mexico.”

Bill Ong Hing, Esq.


“The Federal Government mustcrack downon states and cities that have in place ‘sanctuary’
laws prohibiting their officersfrom asking aboutimmigration status or cooperating with ICE.”
Mark Krikorian

8  Mark Krikorian



  • Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
  • Author, The New Case Against Immigration, BothLegal and Illegal and How Obama is Transforming America Through Immigration
  • Contributor, National Review Online’s “The Corner”

Mark Krikorian is Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a research organization in Washington, D.C. that examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. Krikorian frequently testifies before Congress and has a number of books and articles to his name. He is a contributor at National Review Online. Krikorian is the author of The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama is Transforming America Through Immigration and he’s the author of many op-eds and magazine articles, including Obama Would Be Wrong to Turn His Back on Immigration, Opinion: In Arizona, Courts Trump Lawmaking, Suing Arizona, Drop Amnesty Talk, Enforce Law, Why Congress Falters on Immigration, DREAM On, and A Big Win for Immigration Control and Hispanic Outreach. Krikorian received an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. from Georgetown University. He spent two years at Yerevan State University in then-Soviet Armenia.

9  Ira J. Kurzban, Esq.



  • Past National President and General Counsel, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Author, Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook
  • Adjunct Faculty Member in Immigration Law, University of Miami School of Law and Nova University School of Law

Ira J. Kurzban is Partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. He is a past national president and former General Counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Kurzban was the first recipient of the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award presented by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. He is the recipient of the University of Miami’s Lawyers of the Americas Award for his work on behalf of human rights in this hemisphere. Kurzban is also the recipient of the University of Miami’s Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in federal litigation, AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in the advancement of immigration law, and the National Lawyers Guild’s Carol King Award for his efforts in immigration law. In 1986, Kurzban was selected by Newsweek Magazine as one of 100 American heroes for his work on behalf of immigrants. He was named an honorary fellow of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Kurzban has litigated more than 50 federal cases concerning the rights of aliens and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. He is the author of the popular Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook. Kurzban received a J.D. and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.



“Securing the borders is often a euphemismfor keeping Mexican citizens
and other immigrantgroups permanently out of the U.S.
Ira J. Kurzban, Esq.


“The vast majority of illegal aliens who have enteredthe U.S. since 1986
have been low-skilled,low-educated Mexicans and Central Americans.”
Heather Mac Donald, Esq.

10  Heather Mac Donald, Esq.



  • Former Attorney-Adviser, Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Recipient, Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration, Center for Immigration Studies
  • Recipient, Civilian Valor Award, New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association

Heather Mac Donald is Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Contributing Editor of City Journal. She clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mac Donald has testified before Congress on a number of occasions, including testimony before the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights of the Committee of the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives; the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims; the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Mac Donald has been a recipient of the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association’s Civilian Valor Award and the New York State Shields’ Integrity in Journalism award. She was also awarded the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. Mac Donald received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from Cambridge University and a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country is a must-read resource for attorneys, elected officials, legislators, policy makers, educators, students, citizens, immigrants and anyone interested in the future of America.

11  Daniel J. McNeil, Esq.



  • Associate Director, Legal Department at the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
  • Chapter Editor, “The Representation Hearing,” How to Take a Case Before the NLRB
  • B.A., Michigan State University

Daniel J. McNeil is Associate Director of the Legal Depart­ment at the American Federa­tion of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which he joined in 2003. McNeil provides advice and training to AFT officers and staff, state affiliates and local unions on all aspects of labor law, including union governance, officer elections and organizing campaigns. McNeil also rep­resents AFT in matters before the federal courts and vari­ous state and governmental agencies. McNeil has worked for a Washington, DC law firm representing labor unions in the construction trades and Taft-Hartley employee benefit funds. In May 2010, McNeil won a $1.8 million judgment for 360 Filipino teachers against a labor recruiter who was operating in violation of Louisiana law. That decision was affirmed on December 30, 2010. McNeil received a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.





“Due to a shortage of teachersin the United Stateswho teach math, science,and special education,
school districts frequently look over seasto meet their needfor educators.”
Daniel J. McNeil, Esq.


“Congress will be more thancontent to allowthe President to take the lead
and solve what it hasmanifestly been powerless to solve.
Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq.

12  Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq.



  • Recipient, AILA President’s Commendation for Leadership of AILA’s Pro Bono Efforts
  • Appointed Special Counsel on Immigration Matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York
  • Chair, AILA’s National Pro Bono Committee

Cyrus D. Mehta is Managing Member of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC in New York City. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers of Legal Services, Inc. Mehta is the chair of AILA’s National Pro Bono Committee, past co-chair of the AILA-NY Chapter Pro Bono Committee, and a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Law Foundation. He was also former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council, and past co-chair and secretary of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law of the New York City Bar Association. Mehta is a frequent speaker on immigration matters and has authored articles that have appeared in professional publications such as Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Interpreter Releases, Immigration Briefings, and AILA’s Immigration and Nationality Handbook. He received a B.A. from St. Xavier’s College Bombay University, an M.A. in law from Cambridge University, England and an LL.M from Columbia Law School, New York.

13  Victoria F. Neilson, Esq.



  • Co-Author, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s only LGBT-Themed Publication
  • Recipient, LGBT Law Association of Greater New York (Le-Gal) Community Vision Award
  • Former Chair, New York City Bar Association’s Committee on AIDS

Victoria F. Neilson is the Legal Director of Immigration Equality, a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive people, and to help obtain asylum for those persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or HIV-status. Neilson runs Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project and provides technical assistance and mentoring on LGBT and HIV immigration issues to attorneys around the country. She is a co-author of the only LGBT-themed publication by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Immigration Law and the Transgender Client. Neilson is an active AILA member and a former chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on AIDS. Neilson is the former Litigation Director at the HIV Law Project in New York and a former tenant organizer. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from City University School of Law.





“Although current lawdoes not allow a lesbian or gayforeign national to obtainany immigration benefitsbased on
his or her relationship with an American,the existence of therelationship can be usedagainst him or her.”
Victoria F. Neilson, Esq.



“Three simple solutions would dramatically improve
the green card process for employersand would benefit the U.S. economy.”
Nancy A. Noonan, Esq.

14  Nancy A. Noonan, Esq.



  • Author, Survey of International Law in the Second Circuit
  • Member, Rules Advisory Committee to the U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Member, Arent Fox Pro Bono Committee

Nancy A. Noonan is Partner at Arent Fox LLP and heads the firm’s immigration practice. She routinely advises domestic and foreign companies regarding the optimal strategies for the transfer of foreign nationals. She also counsels U.S. and foreign companies in matters relating to the employer’s legal obligations under immigration law. She is experienced in employment and family-based immigration, nonimmigrant visas, and citizenship issues, as well as representing individuals of extraordinary ability. Noonan has issued a number of Legal Alerts on immigration-related topics, and has been published in an edition of Aspatore’s Inside the Minds series, contributing a chapter to Immigration Law Client Strategies. Noonan served as a law clerk to the Hon. Evan J. Wallach of the U.S. Court of International Trade. She received a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.A. from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

15  Julie A. Pace, Esq.



  • Served as Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Recipient, Arizona Business Magazine’s Centers of Influence Award
  • Filed the Lawsuit Challenging Arizona’s Immigration Employer Sanctions Law

Julie A. Pace is Partner in the Phoenix office of The Cavanagh Law Firm P.A. Pace’s practice is concentrated in representing companies in immigration compliance, commercial litigation, construction, and employment law, with particular emphasis in the defense of labor and employment-related matters. Pace has been described by Arizona Business Magazine as the “go-to” lawyer in Arizona for businesses on immigration issues. She is a lead attorney in the lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration employer sanctions law, and she is defending the employer in the first contested prosecution under the law. Pace has chaired the Immigration Committee of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has been co-editor-in-chief of three books on immigration and employment law. Pace is a former judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joe W. Contreras of the Arizona State Court of Appeals. She received a J.D. from Arizona State University, where she was also the symposium and articles editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University.






“Employers deserve afederal counterfeit-proofverification system to pre-screen employees
and providea safeharbor for companieswho use the system.
Julie A. Pace, Esq.

Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country is a must-read resource for attorneys, elected officials, legislators, policy makers, educators, students, citizens, immigrants and anyone interested in the future of America.



“No immigrant, labor,or human rights organizationcan in good consciencerationalize
the supportof the current immigrationreform proposalscoming out of Congress.”
Renée M. Saucedo, Esq.

16  Renée M. Saucedo, Esq.



  • Recipient, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Community Service Award
  • Past Chair, San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission
  • Former Executive Director, Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights

Renée M. Saucedo has worked as a community attorney, advocate, organizer and activist in the immigrant rights movement for the past 20 years, promoting the rights of immigrant workers, particularly undocumented workers. Saucedo is an instructor in the Labor and Community Studies Department at City College of San Francisco, teaching courses on Latino workers in the United States and the historical organizing struggles of Latino workers. Saucedo currently organizes day laborers and domestic workers in San Francisco, California. She formerly chaired the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission, served as executive director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and was a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Welfare Reform. Saucedo has received a number of awards for her work, including the KGO Channel 7 Hispanic of the Year Award and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Community Service Award. Saucedo received a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from UC Berkeley.

17  David A. Selden, Esq.



  • Listed in Every Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment Law
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 15+ Years
  • Chaired Arizona Chamber of Commerce Employment Committee for 20+ Years

David A. Selden is Partner with The Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona where his practice is concentrated in representing management in employment law matters. He is one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s 2007 Employer Sanctions Immigration Law, and represents the employer in defending the first contested prosecution under the law. Selden has served as chair or co-chair of the Employment Committee of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 20 years, representing Arizona employers before the Arizona Legislature on immigration and employment issues. He drafted the 1996 Arizona Employment Protection Act and the 1997 Constructive Discharge Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has served as general counsel to both. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Phoenix School of Law. Selden received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University.






“Authority to legislate immigration laws is derivedfrom the Constitution, not the whims of politicians.
Our founding fathers bestowed that responsibility onthe Federal Government, not the states.”
David A. Selden, Esq.



“The enforcement componentis integral to ourimmigration system
andmust beginwithstrong visa security andtight border control.”
Patrick Shen, Esq.

18  Patrick Shen, Esq.



  • Unanimously Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007 as Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
  • Former Policy Director, ICE
  • Former Chief Immigration Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee

Patrick P. Shen is Partner in the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. He is Director of Global Compliance and a senior member of the firm’s Corporate Compliance Committee. In this capacity, he advises multinational employers on corporate immigration compliance. Shen successfully obtained passage of a legislative amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act. He represented the U.S. Government in hundreds of immigration-related cases before the federal district courts, courts of appeals, and administrative tribunals. Shen also served as chief immigration counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He spent several years as an immigration litigator for the Justice Department, having served as assistant district counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and a trial lawyer in the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY as well as the Justice Department in Washington, DC, representing INS and other agencies in federal courts. He received a B.A. and J.D. from Brigham Young University.

19  Gregory Siskind, Esq.



  • Named by Chambers and Partners as One of the Top 25 Immigration Lawyers in the U.S.
  • Member, Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Co-Founder, Visalaw International and Founder,

Gregory Siskind is Founding Partner of Siskind Susser, P.C. – Immigration Lawyers. He is the author of four books, including the recently published SHRM’s Employer’s Immigration Compliance Desk Reference, Medical Waste Handbook, The Lawyers Guide to Marketing on the Internet and J-1 Visa Guidebook. He is also the author of a number of immigration-related pieces of legislation and has testified as an expert in front of the House Immigration Sub-committee. Siskind is the first and only immigration lawyer ever photographed for the cover of the American Bar Association Journal and he is one of the founders of Visalaw International. He is the past chairman of the Physicians Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, chairman of the IMG Taskforce, the national physician immigration lawyers coalition, and the founder of the Immigration Committee of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Labor and Employment Section. Siskind received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law.






“While Washington seemsto be paralyzedwhen it comes tosolving the country’s problems, sooner or later
Congresswill have to addressphysician immigrationgiven theindisputableshortage of doctorsthe country is facing.”
Gregory Siskind, Esq.



“How is today’s science to benefit from the strict application ofa 20-year old legal document, which was written before Google,
the iPhone, and the Prius, possibly created by thevery scientists whom itseeks to restrict from permanent residence?”

Rita Sostrin, Esq.

20  Rita Sostrin, Esq.



  • Included in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Chambers USA
  • Co-Founder, Arts, Sports & Entertainment (ASE) Immigration Taskforce
  • Recipient, 2008 AILA’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Service

Rita Sostrin is Founding Partner of Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP. Prior to launching Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, she acquired over 15 years of immigration law experience working at top immigration law firms and serving in various leadership positions on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Sostrin is known as one of the leading experts in immigration law matters for individuals of extraordinary abilities as well as international physicians and researchers. She is a board member of the National Healthcare Access Coalition, senior editor of Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, and member of AILA’s Periodicals Review Board. Sostrin has served as chair of the AILA-California Service Center Liaison Committee, vice-chair of AILA’s Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee, and vice-chair of AILA’s Board of Publications. Sostrin received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.

Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country is a must-read resource for attorneys, elected officials, legislators, policy makers, educators, students, citizens, immigrants and anyone interested in the future of America.

21  Nicomedes E. Suriel, Esq.



  • Advisor, Former Arizona Governor Jane Hull on the Arizona Guest Worker Initiative
  • Chapter Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Arizona Chapter
  • Recipient, Attorney General Janet Napolitano’s Recognition Award

Nicomedes E. Suriel is Founder of The Law Offices of N.E. Suriel, LLC. He has served on the Board of Governors of AILA’s Arizona Chapter, and has been the Immigration Section President of the Arizona Bar Association. Suriel was an advisor for Arizona’s past-Governor, Jane Hull, on the Arizona Guest Worker Initiative, and served on the Latino Advisory Board. Suriel received Attorney General Janet Napolitano’s Recognition Award, and was the Immigration Department Director for Friendly House, Inc. Suriel is a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute and externed for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He is a former chair of AILA’s Arizona Chapter and former president of the Arizona Bar Association, Immigration Section. Suriel was featured on Fox (Arizona) Newsmaker Sunday immediately after Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070 was blocked by Judge Susan Bolton. He has also been featured on USA Today, MSNBC, NPR (radio and TV), French TV and numerous other media outlets. Suriel is a naturalized U.S. citizen immigrant from the Dominican Republic. He received a J.D. from the University of Arizona.







“Our immigration system is woefullyout of touch with reality.
It rewards, indeed encourages, illegality!”
Nicomedes E. Suriel, Esq.



“The racism argumentoccurs because immigrationis rapidly helping totransform America
from amajority-Anglo nationto one whereno racial group will have a numerical minority.”
Carol M. Swain, Ph.D., M.L.S.

22  Carol M. Swain, Ph.D., M.L.S.



  • Nominated for Pulitzer Prize
  • Work Cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Recipient, Woodrow Wilson Prize for the Best Book Published in the U. S. on Government, Politics or International Affairs

Dr. Carol M. Swain is Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, where she was a tenured associate pro­fessor. Swain received a B.A. from Roanoke College and an M.A. from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.L.S. from Yale Law School. Swain is a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the Advisory Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Swain has authored award-winning books including Black Interests: Black Faces, which won the Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U. S. on government, politics or international affairs in 1994, and was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Johnson v. DeGrandy, and twice by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Georgia v. Ashcroft. Other books include: Race Versus Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate, The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to In­tegration (nominated by Cam­bridge University Press for a Pulitzer Prize), Con­temporary Voices of White Nationalism, and Debating Immigration.

23  Jennifer Van Hook, Ph.D.



  • Professor of Sociology and Demography / Research Associate, Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University
  • Board Member, Population Association of America and Census Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Non-resident Fellow, Migration Policy Institute (MPI)

Dr. Jennifer Van Hook is Professor of Sociology and Demography and Research Associate of the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University.  She conducts demographic research on the settlement and incorporation patterns of U.S. immigrants, with one strand of her work focusing on illegal immigration.  Her work also focuses on the social, economic, and health assimilation of immigrants and their descendants.  Van Hook is a board member of the Population Association of America and the Census Scientific Advisory Committee.  She received a grant from the U.S. Census Bureau and is currently conducting research on estimates of foreign-born emigration and internal migration.  She is also currently  researching obesity among young children of immigrants for the Foundation for Child Development.  Van Hook received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, and has held positions at the Urban Institute and The Bowling Green State University before joining the faculty at Pennsylvania State.






“Advocates of birthright citizenship’s elimination have argued that persons migrate illegally 
to the United States in order to give birth to children who can sponsor them for admission.”
Jennifer Van Hook, Ph.D.



“As citizens, we cannot afford to allow our policy makers to remain silent on this issue and prevent a person who,
like the immigrant Alexander Hamilton, may find a national solution for his adopted country.” 
Michael Wildes, Esq.

24  Michael Wildes, Esq.



  • Served Two Terms as Mayor of Englewood,New Jersey
  • Appointed to New Jersey Governor Corzine’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration
  • Former Federal Prosecutor, United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn

Michael Wildes is Managing Partner with the immigration law firm of Wildes & Wein-berg, P.C. in New York City and Englewood, New Jersey.  He serves as Of Counsel to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, and he is Of Counsel on all immigration matters to two international and corporate law firms.  Wildes is also Of Counsel to the International Law Firm of Pavia & Harcourt, LLP, the National Police Defense Foundation,  and the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Asian-American Advisory Committee.  Wildes has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and has represented the United States in immigration proceedings.  He was appointed by the president of the United States to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey.  Wildes served two terms as the mayor of Englewood, New Jersey and was voted by the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) as one of their 100 National Up and Coming Leaders to Watch.

25  Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq.



  • Vice-chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Business Immigration Committee
  • Recipient, AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in the Practice of Immigration Law
  • Adjunct Professor (Immigration and Asylum Law), Cornell Law School

Stephen Yale-Loehr is Of Counsel at Miller Mayer, LLP, in Ithaca, New York, where he practices business immigration law.  He also teaches immigration and asylum law at Cornell Law School as an adjunct professor.  Yale-Loehr is a co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, a 20-volume treatise on immigration law, in addition to several other works which he has authored.  He is a recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching and a recipient of AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.  Yale-Loehr has provided testimony before Congress on investment matters as they relate to immigration, and was the first executive director of Invest in the USA (IIUSA), a trade association of regional centers, city and state economic agencies, individuals and others interested in the EB-5 immigrant investor green card program.  He received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Cornell International Law Journal.






“To remain globally competitive, the United States needs to do more
to encourage the immigration of highly skilled foreign workers.”
Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq.

Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country is a must-read resource for attorneys, elected officials, legislators, policy makers, educators, students, citizens, immigrants and anyone interested in the future of America.

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