Show Trials by Peter Afrasiabi
How Property Gets More Legal Protection Than People in Our Failed Immigration System

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Immigrants in the immigration court system face a legal system that the average American would scarcely recognize, one that is a far cry from the legal system that protects private property. Show Trials unpackages the major constituents of the modern American immigration system-the Immigration Judges, the law itself, the federal courts, the government lawyers, and the private lawyers-and through real world stories identifies the system's failure to live up to historic American ideals of justice.

Tracing real immigration court cases of a persecuted Chinese rice farmer, an Iraqi survivor of Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, a lesbian fearing Romanian reprisals, an Armenian survivor of KGB attacks and Soviet religious persecution, an American surfer brought to the United States from Syria as a baby, Mexican families with American citizen teenagers, and, among others, Peruvian children seeking safety in America, Show Trials describes in simple, accessible terms the absence of due process and the erosion of justice in the modern immigration system that is tasked with handling these important life and liberty cases.

Through exploring these cases, each constituent of the system is analyzed, and with never-before-seen data secured by Freedom of Information Act requests, the book details the failing nature of the various constituencies. Pivoting at various points to the realm of property law, the book identifies how the due process protections that are afforded property owners in our standard federal courts are not afforded immigrants in immigration court in comparable situations.

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Published April 25, 2012 by Envelope Books. 214 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In this politically charged environment, Afrasiabi manages to broach the volatile issue of immigration in a well-rounded, surprisingly effective framework that combines case studies, historical research, statistical analysis and personal anecdotes to detail the current issues and propose solutions.

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The heartbreaking stories and the shocking statistics in the book were very well balanced by Mr. Afrasiabi’s possible solutions for many of the problems plaguing the system.

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According to Mr. Afrasiabi, there are over 350,000 immigration cases each year, and around 60 percent of the immigrants in those cases do not have an attorney.

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