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Author Explores Migrant Justice System In Book 'The Accidental History Of The U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, And The Roots Of Dysfunction'

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 11:44am

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Alison Peck Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts
West Virginal University, University of California Press
Alison Peck, author of "The Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction."

The four years of the Trump administration were marked by dramatic changes to U.S. immigration policy, including border security and how undocumented immigrants and their families were treated. But one lesser-known shift occurred in immigration courts —  which are under the Department of Justice.

Those changes were driven by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his successors, and led to actions rarely, if ever, taken by previous administrations and attorneys general.

To learn more about immigration courts, The Show spoke with Alison Peck, author of "The Accidental History of the U.S. Immigration Courts: War, Fear, and the Roots of Dysfunction."

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