Michael Kagan

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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.

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“So much depends on cheap paper.”
Michael Kagan, The Battle to Stay in America: Immigration's Hidden Front Line

“‪“This is a story about two bloody feet, and how the sight of them changed a young couple’s plans. ... It’s about fine dining, a bicycle, burritos at midnight, and a girl who dreamed of being a dancer. This is a Las Vegas story.”‬”
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“These are the layers of our country, those we see and those we don’t.”
Michael Kagan, The Battle to Stay in America: Immigration's Hidden Front Line

“So much depends on cheap paper.”
Michael Kagan, The Battle to Stay in America: Immigration's Hidden Front Line




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