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The Immigrant's Way

By: Margaret W. Wong

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  • Preface
  • Dedication
  • Alien
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prologue
  • Introduction
  • The American Dream
  • Money Talks
  • Do More Foreign Borns Compromise Safety for the US?
  • Being Foreign-Born in America


  1. Timeline of American Immigration History
  2. Pre-Republic
    1. Ancient Discovery
    2. European Discovery 1492
    3. Spanish
    4. Huguenots (French Protestants)
    5. English and Scottish
    6. French
    7. Pennsylvania Dutch and Quakers
    8. Dutch
    9. Slaves
  3. Independence, 1776
  4. Building the New American Frontier (ca. 1821-1880)
    1. Irish
    2. Chinese
    3. Germans
    4. Scandinavians
    5. Norwegians
    6. Swedes
    7. Finns
  5. The Immigrant Nation (ca. 1881-1913)
    1. Italians
    2. Greeks
    3. Hungarians
    4. Ukrainians
    5. Poles
    6. Jews of Eastern Europe and Russia
    7. Mexicans
    8. French Canadians
  6. World War I, 1914
  7. The Great Depression, 1929
  8. World War II, 1939
  9. Post-World War II (1945 onwards)
    1. Refugees
    2. The Bracero Program and Illegal Immigration
  10. Immigration and Reform During the Cold War 1945 to 1980
    1. Arabs
    2. Asian Indians
    3. Central Americans
    4. Communist China
    5. Cubans
    6. Dominicans
    7. Haitians
    8. Jamaicans
    9. Koreans
    10. Puerto Ricans
    11. South Americans
    12. The American Civil Rights Movement
    13. Vietnamese


  1. Immigration Law Changes 1980 to Present
  2. Immigration Law from 1980-2005
  3. 66 Points to Remember
  4. Non-immigrant Visas
    1. General
    2. Visa waiver Countries
    3. Other Non-immigrant visa categories
    4. student visas
    5. work permits
    6. H-1B
    7. E-3
    8. TN
    9. NIV Quotas
  5. Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure
  6. Green Cards
    1. General
    2. Five Ways to Get a Green Card
  7. Green Card Processing Scenarios (including 245(i))
  8. U.S. CitizenshipM
  9. Illegal Entry/Losing Status, Detention, and Deportation
    1. Deportation v. Removal
    2. Criminal Trouble
    3. Students losing status
    4. Voluntary Departure
    5. Taking Your Case to Court
    6. Final Orders of Deportation
    7. Detention
    8. Real ID Act
  10. Other issues concerning foreign borns in this country
    1. Child Status Protection Act
    2. Crimes and moral turpitude
    3. Media Influences
    4. Cultural Clash: Different skin color
    5. English speaking ability
    6. Educating the next generation
    7. Incarceration and Deportation
    8. Other Problems With the Immigration System
    9. Do's and Don'ts for Foreign Borns
    10. Important Changes in Immigration Laws for the 1980's
    11. Filing Tips
  11. List of Acronyms/Abbreviations
  12. Glossary and explanations
  13. Resources
  • Works cited
  • Contact Information

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Margaret W. Wong is a licensed, practicing immigration lawyer who has been representing foreign borns since 1977. Amongst other accolades and honors, she has been inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and served as the first Asian American president of the Northeastern Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Her law firm handles over 5,000 matters with foreign borns each year, with offices in Cleveland, New York, Atlanta, Columbus, and Detroit. She resides in Cleveland with her husband and two children. She is a life member of the 6th Circuit and 8th Judicial District. She is listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Leading Lawyer, and as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People. She sits on the Boards of United Way, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, and Notre Dame College in Cleveland. She is an avid educator, reader, and writer. Currently she is the co-chair of the Immigrant Law Committee of NAPABA. She is a Charter founding member of the Ohio Supreme Court CLE Commission and Ohio Supreme Court Racial Task Force, and a life member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and Federal Bar Association. She currently sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Cleveland State University Law School and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

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