Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Gwendolyn Thomas Gath, iJim Stewart, iJames Steffes, iEugene Meyer, iCHANTI LACE, iBurton Wolfe, iAaron Cole, i

  Home > Memoir > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Nicole Marie Sorkin

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· 109 Titles
· 2 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jul, 2010

Nicole Marie Sorkin, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Books by Nicole Marie Sorkin

The Illegal from Holland - By: Michael Durack
by Nicole Marie Sorkin   
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Last edited: Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Nicole Marie Sorkin

The Jerusalem Assassin, By: Avraham Azrieli
From All Sides: The Squeeze - By: Phil Scrima
How to Paint Chickens, By: Vladimir A. Shvartsman
Author Interview with John L. Dunegan
My Half of tomorrow by: John L. Dunegan
Author Interview with Dave Edlund
Author Interview with Derald Hamilton
           >> View all

How does a carefree, four day honeymoon trip from California to New Mexico turn into a trap, resulting in a jail sentence in El Paso and a deportaion to Holland? "The Illegal From Holland" tells the story of how a Dutch citizen and her American husband travel halfway around the world to overturn her deportation. Along the way they learn about the amazing inefficiency of the U.S. Immigration Department and the ominous danger of the blind hostility and prejudices of many Americans toward illegal immigrants today.

Honesty may be the best policy for going through life, but certainly not the easiest way to pass a US Border Patrol checkpoint when you are with your wife who happens to be in this country on an expired visa from Holland. So began the spiraling complexity of circumstances stemming from the arrest, detention and deportation of Michael Durack's wife as he recounts the events of the true story of what happened to them in his book, "The Illegal from Holland." 

Written in a first-person narrative format, Durack tells of the foibles of the immigration agents as they maneuver detainees from place to place; from hearings to detention centers, from visitor meetings to feedings, and eventually to airports and deportation. Yes, hurry up and wait. Weeks and months are of little concern as taxpayers pick up the bill for this slow moving processing of non-violent individuals, moving them back to their country of origin, mostly to Mexico and South American countries. 

When Michael Durack's wife falls into this system, he is forced to cope with the circumstances necessary to achieve her freedom from detention, and allow for the correct paperwork for her legal presence within the USA. This process takes him on a trip of quite a varied journey, throughout Holland and Europe, and over a year and a half before settling back to California as a married couple. 

"The Illegal from Holland" is a fast read, a bit light with regards to impact as the situations discussed are rather mundane and non-eventful. After all, being caught for simply having over-extended your entry visa seems to be thought by Durack as having the same severity as driving with an expired license, filing a late tax return, or amassing some parking tickets. Nothing worthy of being instantly detained, or for a better use of terms, jailed. 

Michael has written his true story admittedly as his opinion, stating in the forward that to some readers the fact his wife was in violation of the law speaks adequately to the wrath of events that became her ordeal. Justice, although harsh, is known to those prior to making the decision to remain in this country beyond stated times and consequences should come as no surprise if caught. His logical appeal is to the reading audience: it's my wife, a nice girl, and not a criminal - so to speak. I'd wonder what the Dutch would do if the tables were turned, and Michael was illegally in Holland traveling with his wife. Would they say, "Fine, have a nice day Mr. Durack and please leave soon?" Perhaps that could be a good concept for a sequel.

Web Site: Pacific Book Review

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Popular Memoir Articles
  1. Merv Griffin Steals My Shrimp
  2. How to Pick Up Foreign Men
  3. Marilyn Monroe's Honeymoon Flight
  4. 華商 ICCHS Class 74 a special
  5. 9/11 Memorial
  6. Brainwrecked
  7. My Father
  8. A Stop Sign Is All That I See
  9. Misdemeanors & Felonies book review
  10. The Store Detective

Heads up for Harry by Hugh McCracken

1939 through 1950 Recollections wartime childhood and early adult adventures...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Memoirs of an American Housewife in Japan by Pauline Hager

An American housewife's husband is offered a position in Japan to work on a multinational project. After much soul-searching they accept, and their lives are never the same...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.