No Human is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War (Paperback)

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"Inspiring and eye-opening..."— *starred* Booklist review

“A compassionate and expert window into the netherworlds of immigration..."—Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers

Now in paperback, with a new afterword by the author, an immigration lawyer's journalistic account of keeping American borders and dreams alive.

In this powerful and personal narrative, a distinguished immigration lawyer guides us through the trials and terrors of modern immigration law. Beginning in a day in the life of an undocumented immigrant, Sepulveda proceedes through a processing intake and a heartwrenching court hearing. He takes us to a Texas border detention center where mothers and childen are essentially imprisoned, then on to New York's JFK airport during the weekend of Trump's infamous travel ban, where Sepulveda joined many other attorneys to provide pro bono legal counsel for passengers endangered with deportation.

In this multi-faceted account of being on the front lines at one of the biggest crisis of our time, Sepulveda recounts growing up the son of a Latin American immigrant, his time in Spain as a Fulbright fellow to study Europe's ongoing migrant crisis and, in a new Afterword, his testimony before a Senate committee to advocate on behalf of undocumented youth.

About the Author


J. J. Mulligan Sepúlveda is an immigration lawyer currently at University of California, Davis School of Law in their Immigration Law Clinic. He has testified before the U.S. Congress as an expert witness on detention conditions at the Texas border. He is a former Immigrant Justice Corps fellow and Fulbright Scholar. This is his first book.

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"Timely... Sepúlveda's perspective as an immigration attorney makes his book especially inspiring and eye-opening, as he shares many harrowing and brave stories of people fighting for asylum, safety, and the very right to live in America." *STARRED* BOOKLIST REVIEW

“A compassionate and expert window into the netherworlds of immigration that so few of us see: the jails, the courthouses, the nonprofit waiting rooms, the hospitals, and the government offices where the complexities and cruelties of the U.S. immigration system rear their heads at great human cost. Mulligan Sepulveda is our guide through these broken systems and reveals the tireless, vital work of immigration attorneys as they toil without rest to keep decency, hope and the rule of law alive. — Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers
Product Details
ISBN: 9781612198309
ISBN-10: 1612198309
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Pages: 256