Noted Immigration Expert and Lawyer Margaret Wong to Speak at Lake Erie College
(Painesville, Ohio) – Noted immigration expert and lawyer Margaret Wong will present on the topic “Immigration – A Benefit or Detriment?” Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morley Music Hall of Lake Erie College. The address is free and open to the public and is part of the Great Lakes Lecture Series, sponsored by Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College and Lake Hospital Systems.
Recently, the Senate first passed legislation that would tighten border security, create a guest worker program and ultimately grant citizenship to most illegal immigrants after they paid fines, back taxes and enrolled in English classes. Then, the House of Representatives passed a bill that focused solely on toughening border security and immigration enforcement.
Months of marches, hearings and passionate arguments along with fierce debate over the two conflicting bills, have led deadlock in Congress and no immigration reform this year. Advocates on all sides of the debate, from those who favor legalizing the status of immigrants to those who want to crack down at the border and workplace, agree that delaying or ducking the issue is a big mistake. Wong will present both sides to help citizens understand some of the complicated issues in this national and local debate.
An immigrant herself, Wong was born in the former British Colony of Hong Kong. Months before she was born, her Chinese parents fled the political repression and civil war caused by the Communist takeover of China.
Based on her own experience of obtaining a green card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Wong recognized that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated, seemingly arcane and sometimes frustrating regulatory area. She founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with one desk and no secretary. Her practice now includes six attorneys and 35 other staff members.
She is also the current co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.
Wong’s peers have named her a "Leading Lawyer," an exclusive list that has been published in Inside Business Magazine since 2001. She is listed as a 2004 "Super Lawyer" in Cincinnati Magazine, a distinction reserved for the top 5% of lawyers. She has also been listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America."
Over the last two decades Wong has helped employers obtain work permits for their executives and has assisted thousands of people in coming to the United States to become permanent residents, advance their educations, work and pursue opportunities. Her clients come from every country around the world, from every walk of life and range from governmental and corporate to ordinary people.
She has won numerous awards, including two for philanthropy - the Margaret Ireland Award from the Cleveland Women's City Club and the 1997 Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women's Community Foundation. Crain's Cleveland Business has named her to their "Women of Influence" list and Cleveland Magazine has included her with its "Most Interesting People." Wong also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States.
A civic leader who educates and inspires others, Wong served as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations and the public.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.
For more information on this event, please call 440-375-7253.