Editor’s note: Richard S. Fischer migrated from his native Ithaca, N.Y., to Nacogdoches, where he is a partner in Holt, Tatum & Fischer. In East Texas, or “behind the pine curtain” as he calls it, Fischer is one of only a handful of lawyers with a thriving immigration practice. He describes his specialty as immigration “grunt work”: helping people establish U.S. residency and citizenship, and keeping other clients from being deported. Texas Lawyer reporter Nathan Koppel recently talked with Fischer about his practice, his interests � and the culture shock of East Texas.

Texas Lawyer: How did you get into immigration law?

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