Law professor, immigration lawyer, author
A story about mothers and fathers, lawyers and activists, local police and federal agencies, and a struggle for the
identity of a nation.
A Foreword INDIES 2020 Gold Winner Best Book
The Battle to Stay in America is the true story of a community coming to grips with the federal government’s crackdown on immigrants and learning how to defend itself.
Informative and intensely personal, this is a story about mothers and fathers, lawyers and activists, local police and federal agencies, and a struggle for the identity of a nation. This is the story of the war on immigrants, as fought and felt on the front lines in the heart of America.
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Praise for The Battle
Michael Kagan is the Joyce Mack Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is the director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, which defends children and families fighting deportation in Las Vegas. He has lived in Las Vegas, the setting for The Battle to Stay in America, since 2011.
Kagan began working with refugees in Cairo, Egypt, in 1998, while he was still in law school. He spent the first decade of his career building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia, and lived in London, Cairo, Beirut and Jerusalem.
In 2019, Kagan was a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits that prevented the Trump administration from including a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
He has written for The Washington Post, Salon.com, The Hill and The Daily Beast and is a leading national scholar of immigration and refugee law. The Battle to Stay in America is his first book.