midwest book review for michael wildes’ book “safe haven in america”

Managing Partner Michael Wildes receives accolades on his new book Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door, which draws on nearly a quarter century of Michael’s practice in the immigration field,  from  Midwest Book Review in their monthly publication “Library Bookwatch”, October 2018.

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The lead review from the Library Bookwatch is as follows:


Safe Haven in America

Michael Wildes

American Bar Association

321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610


9781641051897, $34.95, HC, 200pp, www.amazon.com


America’s “broken” immigration system has become a cliche of national politics which has only been made substantially worse by decades of political gridlock. “Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door” by Michael J. Wildes (an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York where he teaches Business Immigration Law) who draws on nearly a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field. The cases presented, however, don’t merely involve legal principles, but the human aspects of coming to America as reflected in the happiness of a family and children; the results of fighting criminality and corruption; the hopes of safely expressing political, religious, or social beliefs; and sometimes, the very stark difference between life and death. A timely and much appreciated contribution to our current on-going national dialogue with respect to current immigration law enforcement (especially in light of the perceived abuses of that enforcement by the Trump Administration), “Safe Haven in America” should be a part of every community, college, and university library collection in the country. It should be noted for the personal reading list of students, politicians, ICE personnel, political scientists, immigration reform activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that “Safe Haven in America” is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $19.99).


Wildes & Weinberg is a boutique law firm specializing exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law and was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films, books, and documentaries.

Today the firm, which has offices in New York City, Englewood, NJ,  Miami, FL, and by appointment in Los Angeles, CA, services a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas.

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also of counsel to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and two international/corporate law firms. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), Michael has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation, and is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to US immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance.

Michael, the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door, also served two terms as the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (and recently became the Democratic mayoral nominee once again), was appointed to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey, was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Panel on Immigration, and has been a guest lecturer at many distinguished forums and institutions including Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law. 

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has maintained an extraordinary track record for success for its cases.  Moreover, the firm’s multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

To learn more about Wildes & Weinberg, please contact Managing Partner Michael Wildes at michael@wildeslaw.com.



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