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Bloggings: April 26, 2007

by Greg Siskind, Esq.

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Greg Siskind's blog.

April 23, 2007


A video of a Border Patrol agent shooting Ramiro Gamez Acosta,a Mexican national, has angered the Mexican government and led to calls for an investigation. The Border Patrol is claiming that the shots were fired in self defense. It does look like the Border Patrol officer was being threatened as it appears Acosta was about to hurl something at the officer, but I'm no expert and will be interested in what others have to say. You can see the video here.

[NOTE: Since my original post, the agent has been charged with murder.]

April 22, 2007


Way to stand up to a bully, Geraldo! By the way, before the anti-immigrant nuts go crazy on this, I believe the driver should face the justice system and should possibly be deported when the sentence is done. My beef is with the O'Reillys and the Dobbs of the world who try and use an incident like this to stir the emotional pot and get ratings rather than focus on what's best for the country.

April 21, 2007


My post from earlier this month has apparently struck a nerve with some of the anti-H-1B folks who find the unemployment in this country an inconvenient truth. I was accidentally copied on a message sent to about 20 of the leading anti-H-1B folks griping about my blog. I've allowed them to post in the comments as long as the messages were civil. I've deleted a few that bash the immigration bar and made it clear to such posters that they can repost their messages and stick to policy or go start their own blog (that really seems to make them nuts).

One of my "fans" - Roy Lawson - insisted that when I quoted the unemployment rate in IT last week, the numbers were really actually high if I just "drilled down". I'll challenged him to put his money where his mouth is and show me. I've heard nothing.

But I did see an interesting article in the normally anti-H-1B Information Week that seems to back up my observations. The IT job sector is growing in a very healthy manner with more than 3.5 million people working in IT professions. H-1Bs only constitute a small percentage of such workers. Remember, only about 40% of the 65,000 H-1Bs are used in the IT sector so this means that the number of H-1Bs coming in each year constitute probably no more than a few percentage of those working in the field.

Furthermore, the article admits that the unemployment rate in IT overall is 2.3% (and that's still inflated as it looks at an average over the last year and not the most current numbers). The numbers across IT fields were all strong, with software engineers seeing the most job growth. Even programmers got some good news as the job shrinkage in that field that began in the last recession seems to have stopped in 2004 and been stable since then. Finally, most of the job growth in IT has been at the management level, good news for those older IT workers worried that they were being replaced by entry level H-1B workers (which was always only suggested and never proven anyway). IT management positions have grown 18% since 2004 and since these are likely the highest paying types of IT jobs, it's hard to spin this as bad news.

I stand by what I've been saying - H-1Bs taking jobs away from IT workers is a MYTH.



Getting in to Canada looks like more fun than the US.


About The Author

Greg Siskind, Esq. is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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