Bloggings: October 18, 2007
by Greg Siskind
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October 16, 2007
The Times has an interesting article at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/16/world/americas/16cuba.html?ex=1350273600&en=630414c112e94791&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
on how Cuban immigration to the
I'm a little slow in posting this while I'm in
Adam Smith's classical metaphor of the
invisible hand refers to how the market, under ideal conditions, ensures an
efficient allocation of scarce resources. But in practice conditions are
usually not ideal; for example, competition is not completely free, consumers
are not perfectly informed and privately desirable production and consumption
may generate social costs and benefits. Furthermore, many transactions do not
take place in open markets but within firms, in bargaining between individuals
or interest groups and under a host of other institutional arrangements. How
well do different such institutions, or allocation mechanisms, perform? What is
the optimal mechanism to reach a certain goal, such as social welfare or
private profit? Is government regulation called for, and if so, how is it best
October 13, 2007
Richard Nadler's essay in the Wall Street Journal echoes a theme I've been stressing and that is that politicians who run from the little anti-immigrant wave risk getting drowned in the pro-immigration tsunami that is part the nation's Hispanic vote.
This will put a smile on your face if you think most of the anti-immigrant politicians out there really are just vote hunting.
WASHINGTON POST: CONGRATS TO GORE, BUT AMERICA'S OTHER NOBEL WINNERS HAVE LESSON TO TEACH ON IMMIGRATION
The Post reminds Americans why two centuries of welcoming immigration policies pay off for our country.
By the way, I'm enjoying a layover in
October 12, 2007
I'm done with meetings in
I welcome guest posts as I noted a few days ago. Just email them to me at email@example.com. I'll try and do a few posts as well during the week as I get time.
Have a good weekend!
The Dallas Morning News' Jacquielynn
Floyd does a good job showing
IEEE and the Semiconductor Industry
Association (SIA) normally clash over H-1B visas, but the two have found some common
Okay, it's a little anti-immigrant and not politically correct, but it did make me laugh so if you have no sense of humor, read no further:
"Jose and Carlos are pandhandlers...... They panhandle on different areas of town.
Carlos panhandles just as long as Jose but only collects 2 to 3 dollars every day.
Jose brings home a suitcase FULL of $10 bills, drives a Mercedes, lives in a mortgage free house and has a lot of money to spend.
Carlos says to Jose "I work just as long and hard as you do but how do you bring home a suitcase full of $10 bills every day?".
Jose says, .... "Look at your sign, what does it say"?
Carlos sign reads 'I have no work, a wife and 6 kids to support'."
Jose says " No wonder you only get $2-3 dollars"
Carlos says... "So what does your sign say"?
Jose shows Carlos his sign......
It reads, "I only need another $10.00 to
move back to
October 11, 2007
I remember hearing about Israeli-Brit Uri
Geller when I was a kid and the amazing claims of his
ability to bend spoons with his mind. The "mentalist" Geller has
remained quite popular in
October 10, 2007
What are you, some rocket scientist? Well, if you're Iranian-born Firouz Naderi, Associate Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, you can answer yes. Naderi is running NASA's Mars program and has overseen several successful missions.
Just as he hinted, Judge Charles Breyer has issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Department of Homeland Security's no match rule. This effectively means that the rule will not take force this year since it is very unlikely a trial on the merits of the case will be completed until well in to 2008.
This is a major blow to anti-immigration advocates.
Dan Kowalski's got the link at http://bibdaily.com/pdfs/nomatch%20pi%2010-10-07.pdf.
This is welcome news. We do technically have a guest worker program in this country for agricultural workers, but the program is so complicated and bloated that it is largely ignored. It sounds like the Administration is realizing that while they can score political points by making Congress "feel the pain" of failing to provide for legalization for the estimated 70% of the agricultural work force that is undocumented, their may be know agricultural sector left by the time Congress gets the message.
I know some of you are going to say that we
need to deal with other industries first, but as far as which one is at the
greatest risk right this minute, it has to be agriculture. Entire harvests in a
number of sectors could be lost if the White House doesn't act quickly. And
that could effectively be the end of farming in
Greg Siskind 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.