After listening to the dramatic, real-life stories of 12 immigrants who came to America from all over the world, Jo shares their stories with you. Some will make you cry; some may make you laugh. To answer frequently asked questions about immigration, Jo interviewed two highly regarded immigration law professors. She carefully sandwiched these interviews between a thought-provoking Foreword by Paul E. White, an International Affairs Consultant whose 40-year career included tours in US Embassies, and an interactive Reference section of laws, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups.
This book offers dramatic, inspiring real life stories of immigrants and expanding knowledge about immigration issues by two experts in the field.
Individuals who have overcome challenges/problems are frequently brought to my attention as potential guests of the Expanding Horizons Podcast Show. Some stories are more dramatic than others, but all are very interesting. For instance, the refugee whose family left Vietnam after her father had been imprisoned for three years. While at sea, their escape boat was boarded by pirates, who took their navigation equipment, valuables, and some of the women into their boat.
I was so inspired by several immigrants that I decided to share their stories in a book. Other immigrants were brought to my attention and now there are 12 immigrants, including an undocumented, whose stories are in this book to provide inspiration and expand the reader’s world view. At the same time, I would like to expand the reader’s knowledge about immigration law. I interviewed two esteemed immigration law professors, about the law and their experiences as professors and lawyers. Erica Schommer, J.D. has been in private practice along the Mexican border and is a great source of information about the law, how it is practiced or not, and the sometimes unintended consequences.
This book is written for people involved with or concerned about immigration issues, including immigrants themselves and those who would like to become immigrants coming to America.