Must-Have Book Will Help Lawyers,
Public Officials and the General Public Understand All Aspects of the Immigration
The New York State Bar
Association (NYSBA) has published a comprehensive new book detailing current
immigration law and policy at the local, state and national levels at a time
when America is embroiled in a contentious debate over immigration enforcement
The 323-page book,
entitled Is America Fulfilling Its Promise?
Safeguarding the Legal Protections of Immigrants, provides a
detailed account of the impact immigration is having on communities far away
from the Mexico-U.S. border, including the separation and isolation of children
from their families.
This book - the first of
its kind from any bar association in the U.S. - also examines the stark
contrast between how the New York state and the federal governments are currently
“This book shows how a
nation built by immigrants can and should treat those who come to our shores in
search of better lives,” said NYSBA President Hank Greenberg. “It draws on the
combined efforts of dedicated jurists, law professors, legal service
organizations, lawyers and local law enforcement to address today’s immigration
challenges in a constructive, humane way.
“Though created and
written primarily by lawyers, the book is not just for the legal community,” continued
Greenberg. “Public officials will find insightful information here as will
anyone, lawyer or not, committed to the rule of law.”
Each of the 19 chapters
in Is America Fulfilling Its Promise? Safeguarding the Legal Protections of
Immigrants was written by a different expert. It includes valuable
information that will prove useful for attorneys, advocates and concerned
community members alike.
Topics range from the
presence of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in courtrooms to
what “sanctuary” could mean for New York state and how to navigate the asylum
The book also covers many practical
aspects of immigration law that have been in the news such as: requirements for
adoption and marriage; work visas; estate planning for non-citizens; public
benefits; municipal ID’s; driver’s licenses and sanctuary policies.
Scott Fein, a partner at Whiteman
Osterman & Hanna in Albany, NY and Rose Mary Bailly of Albany Law School, co-edited
“The struggle to develop
a sound, sustainable and humane immigration system merits examination. We are
hopeful this book will inform that discussion,” said Fein.
“This book shows how much
more our nation has to do in order to provide immigrants a safe, legal path to
citizenship or, if they prefer, a right to work here for a specified time,”
Among the authors are
Craig D. Apple, Sr., Albany County Sheriff; Laura V. González-Murphy, director
of immigration policy and research at the New York State Department of State;
Terry Lawson, director of the Family and Immigration Unit of Bronx Legal
Services; Camille Mackler, director of legal policy
for the New York Immigration Coalition; Sarah Rogerson, director of the
Immigration Law Clinic at the Justice Center at Albany Law School; and Jane
Shim, an attorney with the national Immigrant Defense Project.
The introduction of the
book was written by President Greenberg. Click here to read the full introduction.
Click here to watch Greenberg
discuss the book during a recent interview with Errol Louis, of NY1’s “Inside
Is America Fulfilling Its
Promise? Safeguarding the Legal Protections of Immigrants is available in two formats: as a print book and as an e-book, which can
be downloaded in pdf format. The cost to purchase the book is $15 for NYSBA members
and $20 for non-members. Click
here to order.
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar
Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since
1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the
legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers
through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
Contact: Christian Nolan